Population Health and Health Policy

Research staff book chapter contributions win award

Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, published by Springer Publishing Company, wins second place in the 2014 American Journal of Nursing Awards. Research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center contributed chapters to this book. Congratulations to John Gale, David Hartley, David Lambert, Jennifer Lenardson, Karen Pearson, and Erika Ziller!
Book Cover: Rural Public Health

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings

Abstract: 

This article was published in the January/February 2015 issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and reports on the evaluation of a demonstration in 10 rural communities to improve the safety of nursing facility (NF) transfers to hospital emergency departments by forming interprofessional teams of hospital, emergency medical service, and NF staff to develop and implement tools and protocols for standardizing critical interfacility communication pathways and information sharing. The research team at the USM Muskie School worked with each of the 10 interprofessional teams to document current communication processes and information sharing tools and to design, implement and evaluate strategies/tools to increase effective communication and sharing of patient information across settings.

For more information on this study, please contact Judy Tupper.

Suggested citation: Tupper JB, Gray CE, Pearson KB, Coburn AF. Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. J Healthc Qual. 2015;37(1):55-65.

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
January 13, 2015
Project: 

Improving Medical Office Patient Safety Toolkit

Unpublished

In 2013, Maine piloted the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture to 78 primary and specialty care practices in Maine.

Results from the survey showed that while practices may be doing well in areas such as patient care tracking and communication about errors, practices struggle with standardization of office processes and staff training, which were two areas significantly lower than the national comparison.

Cutler staff meet with Department of Labor in Washington, DC

Cutler Institute staff meet with the Department of Labor in Washington, DC on November 5, 2014. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy staff have received their second Susan Harwood Training Grant from OSHA, Department of Labor. The cross-program Cutler team led by Judy Tupper and Sue Ebersten are designing and piloting online courses for EMS personnel on the topics of bloodborne pathogens, respiratory hazards, and ergonomics. Judy Tupper and Theresa Bishop, Office of Sponsored Programs, recently traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Department of Labor officials and other grantees from around the United States. Picture: Judy Tupper, DHEd, Muskie School, and Theresa Bishop, USM Office of Sponsored Programs, meeting with OSHA officials at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.
Picture of: Judy Tupper, DHEd, Muskie School, and Theresa Bishop, USM Office of Sponsored Programs, meeting with OSHA officials at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

Patient Safety Academy hosts national speakers

The 5th annual Patient Safety Academy will be held on Friday, September 5th, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland campus. All persons interested in or engaged in patient safety are invited to attend. Workshops will address topics related to pharmacy, patient engagement, infection prevention, health information technology, and more! Nationally recognized speakers Kathleen Galt and Tejal Gandhi will provide the opening and closing plenary, to which USM faculty and staff are invited. Local and regional experts will be leading a full slate of workshops during the day-long event. To register for the workshops or for more information, please visit the Patient Safety Academy website at: http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa

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