Video review technology has changed dramatically over the past 3 decades. Advances in camera technology and information storage efficiency have streamlined a historically cumbersome process, allowing for the implementation of continuous video recording. Hoyt et al1 described the first use of trauma video review (TVR) as a performance improvement (PI) and educational tool in 1988. Researchers recorded more than 2500 resuscitations using a now archaic portable device and were able to demonstrate a decrease in time to definitive care for matched patient groups treated by the same resuscitation team over a 3-month period. In modern applications, video review technology located in the trauma resuscitation bay can continuously record high-definition video and audio feeds and store these data as encrypted files. These files may be remotely accessible and subject to automatic deletion after a prespecified period. Reviewing software offers the ability to annotate and timestamp these files as well as rewind, fast-forward, and even zoom playback over critical portions of resuscitations; emerging technology allows for video-based activity recognition.2 Innovations in TVR lie in these technological advancements as well as the novel ways in which TVR is used to better patient care.
Vella MA, Dumas RP, Holena DN. Supporting the Educational, Research, and Clinical Care Goals of the Academic Trauma Center: Video Review for Trauma Resuscitation. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(3):257–258. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5077
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