I'm in the planning stage for a small research project where we're trying to establish how distractions affect the workflow in an operating room. The idea is to observe the operation and document every distracting event (people opening doors, beepers/phones going off, alarms sounding, etc.).
What I'm looking for is a tool that allows us to
- quickly and easily document the start/end of certain predefined events which may overlap
- take free notes for unexpected and other events
- while automatically storing them in a timeline, so we can later correlate the events with an audio recording and the standard OR report.
Ideally, the tool would then allow us to export the data in a form like
Start End Type Notes 20140226-09:00:10 20140226-09:00:15 Phone rings 20140226-09:03:20 20140226-09:05:25 Noise from other OR Emergency in OR 2 20140226-09:04:20 20140226-09:05:00 Phone call Lab results 20140226-09:14:45 20140226-09:15:35 Phone call Surgeon's mother complaining 20140226-09:27:55 20140226-09:28:00 Other A/C making strange noise
This should run on a Windows laptop or an Android/iOS tablet. I'm open to all suggestions, though.