Reliability of trauma management videos on YouTube and their compliance with ATLS((R)) (9th edition) guideline

Sasmaz M. I., Akca A. H.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY SURGERY, vol.44, no.5, pp.753-757, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


ObjectiveIn this study, the reliability of trauma management scenario videos (in English) on YouTube and their compliance with Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS((R))) guidelines were investigated.MethodsThe search was conducted on February 15, 2016 by using the terms assessment of trauma and management of trauma''. All videos that were uploaded between January 2011 and June 2016 were viewed by two experienced emergency physicians. The data regarding the date of upload, the type of the uploader, duration of the video and view counts were recorded. The videos were categorized according to the video source and scores.ResultsThe search results yielded 880 videos. Eight hundred and thirteen videos were excluded by the researchers. The distribution of videos by years was found to be balanced. The scores of videos uploaded by an institution were determined to be higher compared to other groups (p=0.003).ConclusionThe findings of this study display that trauma management videos on YouTube in the majority of cases are not reliable/compliant with ATLS-guidelines and can therefore not be recommended for educational purposes. These data may only be used in public education after making necessary arrangements.