Transactive memory in trauma resuscitation

Aleksandra Sarcevic, Ivan Marsic, Michael E. Lesk, Randall S. Burd

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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This paper describes an ethnographic study conducted to explore the possibilities for future design and development of technological support for trauma teams. We videotaped 10 trauma resuscitations and transcribed each event. Using a framework that we developed, we coded each transcript to allow qualitative and quantitative analysis of the trauma teams' collaborative processes. We analyzed teams' tasks, interactions, and communication patterns that support information acquisition and sharing. Our results showed the importance of team transactive memory, but also pointed to inefficiencies in communication processes, which enable the functioning of this collective memory system. Based on quantitative and qualitative observations of trauma teamwork, we present opportunities for technological solutions that may reduce the cognitive effort needed for maintaining the working memory of trauma teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 08 - Conference Proceedings, 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 08 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 8 2008Nov 12 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Other2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 08
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Cognitive work analysis
  • Communication
  • Distributed cognition
  • Healthcare
  • Teamwork
  • Transactive memory
  • Trauma


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