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Implementing a Program of Patient Safety in Small Rural Hospitals

The primary aim of this project was to develop the infrastructure necessary for reporting and analyzing medication errors within small rural hospitals and to use this information to implement evidence-based practices that minimize the latent system causes of these errors. This report summarizes the medication error reports voluntarily submitted in calendar year 2005 by the 25 Critical Access Hospitals that participated in the project.

 

Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Lead researcher: Katherine Jones, PhD, 402.559-8913, kjonesj@unmc.edu

Publication: Implementing a Program of Patient Safety in Small Rural Hospitals: Findings and Trends in Medication Error Reporting from 25 Critical Access Hospitals

Date: October 2006

 

An Assessment of Acute Stroke Treatment in Nebraska Hospitals

To assess the extent to which the structures and processes available in Nebraska hospitals to treat acute stroke were consistent with evidence-based guidelines, researchers at UNMC conducted a mail survey of the 83 acute care hospitals in Nebraska.

 

Funder: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lead researcher: Katherine Jones, PhD, 402.559-8913, kjonesj@unmc.edu

Publication: An Assessment of Acute Stroke Treatment in Nebraska Hospitals

Date: 2006

 

 

Emergency Medical Services in Nebraska

Funder: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lead researcher: Keith Mueller, PhD, 402.559.5260, kmueller@unmc.edu

 

Project 1 (2001): Current Issues and New Approaches

To help the State of Nebraska sustain the current level of emergency medical services (EMS) available in rural communities and to provide suggestions for improvements in the system currently in place to deliver services, researchers from the Nebraska Center surveyed EMS providers in Nebraska during the spring and early summer of 2001. Focus group discussions were held during August and September in Kearney, Scottsbluff, and Lincoln with emergency medical technicians, supervisors, trainers, and medical directors.

Publication: Current Issues and New Approaches: The EMS Survey in Nebraska

 

Project 2 (2004): Emergency Medical Service Volunteer Personnel in Nebraska

Researchers from the Nebraska Center surveyed past and present workers in emergency medical services (EMS) in Nebraska who were volunteers, their supervisors, and students preparing to be emergency medical responders. The purposes of this project were to discover reasons persons volunteer to be emergency medical personnel, discover reasons persons discontinue volunteer service, learn of the attractions of being a volunteer in an ambulance service, discern some of the issues associated with a volunteer workforce, and help identify ways of strengthening EMS in Nebraska, as related to the workforce.

Publication: Emergency Medical Service Volunteer Personnel in Nebraska: Workforce of the Present, Hope for the Future?

 

Project 3 (2007): Assessing Emergency Care for Children in Nebraska

To provide information for a five-year strategic plan for the Nebraska Emergency Medical Services for Children project, researchers from the Nebraska Center conducted a three-part study to assess the structures and processes in place to deliver emergency health care to the pediatric population in Nebraska. Three different surveys were used to survey Nebraska hospital emergency departments that treat children, EMS services in Nebraska that are likely to treat children, and EMS training agencies involved in emergency medical education.

Publication: An Assessment of Emergency Care for Children in Nebraska

Appendices:

    Appendix A: Location of Acute Care Hospitals in Nebraska

    Appendix B: Sample of ED Survey

    Appendix C: Location of Hospitals to Which Pediatric Patients Are Most Likely to Be Transferred

    Appendix D: Location of EMS Services in Nebraska

    Appendix E: Sample of EMS Services Survey

    Appendix F: Location of EMS Training Agencies in Nebraska

    Appendix G: Sample of Training Agency Survey

 

Evaluating the Nebraska Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program
Funder: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Lead researcher: Keith Mueller, PhD, 402.559.5260, kmueller@unmc.edu

 

2000: Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Site Visits

The purposes of this study were to understand the rationale for and reasoning behind hospitals’ decision to convert to CAH status, to examine how hospitals address relevant issues during the conversion process, to assess the outcome as a result of conversion, and to identify potential problems and lessons learned from the conversion process.

Publication: A Report to the Nebraska CAH Steering Committee: Findings From CAH Site Visits

 

2001: CAH Site Visits

Following up on the study done in 2000, this study sought to analyze the process and outcome of a second survey, to assess the impact of CAH conversion, and to examine the characteristics and mechanisms of hospital networks, including network development has evolved between network hospitals and CAHs.

Publication: A Report to the Nebraska CAH Steering Committee: Findings From Hospital Site Visits

 

2006: Nebraska Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program Evaluation

The purpose of this assessment of the Nebraska Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant (Flex) program was to report findings regarding the administration and activities of hospital networks in Nebraska and initiatives being undertaken in Nebraska’s critical access hospitals related to patient safety and quality improvement. This assessment was part of an ongoing evaluation of the Flex program.

Publication: Nebraska Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program Evaluation Report

 

 

An Assessment of Telehealth Services in Rural Nebraska

The purpose of this assessment was to provide analysis to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission regarding potential uses of information technology by individuals and institutions delivering health care services in rural Nebraska. Data were collected from existing sources to create maps that display resources in Nebraska, including health care providers and information technology. Physicians and hospital administrators were surveyed and the results form much of the basis for the recommendations included in the report. Two focus groups were conducted, which provided a more detailed, enriched understanding of the reactions of health care providers and others to the use of telehealth.

 

Funder: Nebraska Information Technology Commission

Contact person: Keith Mueller, PhD, 402.559.5260, kmueller@unmc.edu

Publication: Assessment of Potential Uses of and Needs for Telehealth Services in Rural Nebraska

Appendices:

    Research Design

    Surveys

    Maps

    Annotated Bibliography

  



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