Publications by authors named "Dominick A Vitale"

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Electronic trauma resuscitation documentation and decision support using T6 Health Systems Mobile Application: A combat trauma center pilot program.

J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2020 12;89(6):1172-1176

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma Critical Care (L.M.A., R.A.H., D.A.V., J.S.F., V.G.S.), Department of Graduate Medical Education (J.K.A.), and Department of Emergency Medicine (K.R.B., J.M.N.), Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; St. Louis University Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, Department of Surgery (C.N.S.), Division of Traua Critical Care, St. Louis, MO.

Background: The care of trauma patients in combat operations is handwritten on a five-page flow sheet. The process requires the manual scanning and uploading of paper documents to bridge the gap between electronic and paper record management. There is an urgent operational need for an information technology solution that will enable medics to better capture patient treatment information, which will improve long-term health care without impacting short-term care responsibilities.

Methods: We conducted a process improvement project to evaluate the ability of T6 Health Systems Mobile Application to improve combat casualty care data collection at a deployed trauma hospital. We performed a head-to-head comparison of the completeness and accuracy of data capture of electronic versus handwritten records to determine noninferiority.

Results: During the 90-day pilot, there were 131 trauma evaluations of which 53 casualty resuscitations (40.5%) were also documented in the electronic application. We compared completeness and accuracy of admit, prehospital, primary survey, secondary survey, interventions, and trends data. We found an overall 13% increase in data capture at 96% accuracy compared with the written record, suggesting that the electronic record was superior. Completion of electronic documentation compared with paper by section was statistically significantly higher for admitting data, 119.7% (p < 0.0001); prehospital, 116.2% (p = 0.0039); primary, 109.6% (p < 0.001); and secondary, 125.5% (p < 0.001). We also had the medical evacuation teams document prehospital and en route care and then synchronize the record in the trauma bay, allowing the trauma teams there to continue documenting on the same casualty record, likely contributing to superiority because teams did not have to redocument based on an oral report.

Conclusion: Our pilot program in the deployed environment demonstrated a mobile technology that actually enhanced the completeness and accuracy of paper trauma documentation that has the capability of providing patient-specific decision support and real-time data analysis.

Level Of Evidence: Care Management, level IV.
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December 2020

Inhibition of histidine ammonia lyase by 8-methoxypsoralen and psoralen-oxidized photoproducts.

Photochem Photobiol 2010 Nov-Dec;86(6):1272-7. Epub 2010 Sep 29.

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, USA.

The effect of 8-methoxypsoralen-UVA therapy on the catalysis of histidine to trans-urocanic acid by histidine ammonia lyase (HAL, EC was examined using an enzymatic assay from Sigma-Aldrich where the growth of the trans-urocanic acid peak at 277 nm was monitored. A Rayonet Photochemical Mini Reactor (Model RMR-600) equipped with eight, 3500 Å light sources and a custom UVA filter (Model S-BAL3 2.9 mm), from the Solar Light Company, were used to expose various reaction mixtures to broadband UVA light and UVA/UVB light. A UV-Vis spectrophotometer (Model Shimadzu UV 2540) with a temperature-controlled cell holder (Model TCC240) was used to monitor the growth of the trans-urocanic peak. Results of dark-binding experiments of 8-methoxypsoralen in denatured ethanol indicate no inhibition of enzyme activity due to ethanol but noncompetitive inhibition due to 8-methoxypsoralen. The effects of preirradiated 8-methoxypsoralen, with both broadband UVA and UVA/UVB, indicate that inhibition was due to psoralen-oxidized photoproducts. Inhibition of HAL was found when exposed to broadband UVA/UVB and to a lesser extent when exposed to broadband UVA.
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March 2011