Confidentiality and Privacy

All the persons involved in this study, including the study investigators and study team members (hereby referred to as “study personnel”) are committed to respecting your privacy.  No other persons will have access to your identifying information without your consent. In addition to that, for the video recording of the trauma room, all faces of patients will be hidden from the camera view.

You, as a trauma team member, will be masked as per standard hygiene regulations during the trauma and therefore will not be readily identifiable to persons outside the trauma room environment.

All information collected, both paper copy and electronic information, will be kept confidential and stored and locked in a secure place that only the study personnel will be able to access.

Electronic files will be stored securely on the institutional network or securely on any portable electronic device.

Identifiable audio-video recordings will initially be stored on the institutional network before being transferred over the Surgical Safety Technologies for data processing and then analysis by the research team.

The audio-video recordings and study data will be identified only with a unique patient study number and will not be used for any purposes other than this research study.

The audio-video recordings will be securely destroyed (deleted) after they have been evaluated and are no longer required for study purposes. This will occur 30 days after the initial recording.

If it happens that any identifying information does get video/audio recorded (for example, your identity printed on any documents or if your name is spoken during the recording), this information will be removed from the recordings as soon as it is discovered by the research team.

The trauma team assessment is not targeted at evaluating individual performance. Therefore these ratings will be scored based on clinical role (e.g., trauma team leader, nurse, physician, RT, etc.). No identifying information about you will be used in the evaluation data set. The chance that the information collected for the study will accidentally be given to someone else is small.

Other study data (coded with the unique patient study number) will be securely stored for up to 5 years after the study has been completed and published, and then those data will be securely destroyed.

It is important to understand that despite these protections being in place, there continues to be the risk of unintentional release of information. The principal investigator will protect your records and keep all the information confidential to the greatest extent possible. The chance that this information will be accidentally released is small.