Sociedad Boliviana de Cirugia Cardiaca, Toracica y Vascular

the XXIX Congreso Latinoamericano de cirugia vascular y angiologia in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this October.

The Sociedad Boliviana de Cirugia Cardiaca, Toracica y Vascular has an upcoming conference this October, the XXIX Congreso Latinoamericano de cirugia vascular y angiologia (ALCVA).  While much of the conference focuses on cardiovascular topics, there is one day reserved for thoracic surgery topics.

I am attending in hopes of recruiting some of La Paz’s thoracic surgeons into our high altitude project, and will be giving a presentation entitled, “Las verdades esenciales y falsedades sobre el manejo del paciente diabético” on October 6, 2012.

As part of this, I will be bringing readers coverage of this event.  If you are going to be Santa Cruz, and you want to talk thoracics -contact  me.

Data Collection and Altitude

Developing electronic applications to ease the task of data collection for clinical research.

In clinical research; results are dependent on data.  Data is only as good as the data collection tools used to gather it.  Furthermore, the best and most accurate data comes from the surgeon or the surgical team themselves at the time of care (versus third-party lay person data collection via chart review).  However, there are some limitations that are imposed when following these guidelines; such as the collection of 30-day follow-up information.

Data collection needs to be simple and relatively speedy.  The ideal tools allow surgeons to collect the essential data at the time of discharge (when information is fresh), limit additional paper accumulation and are submitted at the time of completion.  This necessitates the development of electronic applications.

At the time of this writing, I am currently working on the development of both smart phone and web-based applications for data collection for the altitude project.  These electronic forms will allow data to be entered and submitted at the time of collection.

smart phones for data collection

A secondary application is being developed to address the patient re-admission or development of complications post-discharge in the first thirty days after discharge.

Downloadable pdfs and/or spreadsheets will also be available for surgeons who elect to use the ‘paper’ option.

Since the data has only limited patient identifiers, and all data is being submitted to a clinical investigator, (versus outside companies) patient privacy is protected.

When completed, further information will be posted here at Cirugia de Torax.