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Tupper JB, Gray CE, Pearson KB
Safety of rural nursing home-to-emergency department transfers: Improving communication and patient information sharing across settings.
This paper 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. Study findings showed significant improvement in key areas, including infection status and baseline mental functioning. Accurate and consistent information sharing of advance directives and medication lists remains a challenge.
Citation: Tupper JB, Gray CE, Pearson KB . Safety of rural nursing home-to-emergency department transfers: Improving communication and patient information sharing across settings. J Healthc Qual 2015 Jan-Feb;37(1):55-65. doi: 10.1097/01.jhq.0000460120.68190.15.
Keywords: Communication, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Nursing Homes, Patient Safety, Transitions of Care