A glimpse of the future
PDAs for PSPs
PDAs have been introduced into medical training in the Perioperative Specialist Practitioner (PSP) project conducted by Imperial College London. The purpose of perioperative specialist practitioners is to support doctors on the wards by providing continuity of care for patients from pre-operative assessment through to discharge.
Using purpose-built software for PDAs, trainees were able to make on the spot records, seek essential information, and update their logs wherever they were located. Adaptation of resources and technical support for users was found to be necessary, and the project was supported by learning technologists at Imperial College London. However, there were key advantages to be found in using PDAs in this context. They proved an inexpensive support to learning, could be password-protected, and fitted comfortably into a pocket.