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Use of a Transitional Minimum Data Set (TMDS) to Improve Communication Between Nursing Home and Emergency Department Providers.
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PMID:  21450258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To study the adoption of a transitional minimum data set (TMDS) and its effectiveness in conveying essential clinical data elements between skilled nursing facility (SNF) and emergency department (ED) staff. DESIGN: Retrospective medical record review of patients transferred from one SNF to one ED over a 14-month period before and after the implementation of the TMDS, to determine whether it improved data transfer compared with prior practice. SETTINGS: One urban 140-bed SNF, averaging 17 ED transfers per month, and their affiliated ED at a major tertiary care hospital in Boston, MA. PARTICIPANTS: The medical records of 74 residents transferred from the SNF to the ED comprised the study data. INTERVENTION: A Transition of Care Minimum Data Set necessary for ED care was developed based on a literature review and expert panel consensus. From this, a TMDS tool was derived. The nursing facility staff was trained on the use of the TMDS tool (Resident Transfer Form and transfer packet), which was sent with each patient at the time of transfer from the SNF to the ED. MEASUREMENTS: Effectiveness of data transfer was determined by the proportion of TMDS items received by the ED following implementation of the TMDS in comparison with prior care. Adoption rate of the TMDS tool was determined by the proportion of hospital medical records that contained a paper copy of the resident transfer form. RESULTS: Following the implementation of the TMDS there was statistically significant improvement in data transfer of 15 of 30 TMDS items. Among these items were the following: patient's family notified of transfer, contact information for the MD/NP at the SNF, contact information for obtaining more patient information from the SNF, resuscitation status, baseline cognitive and functional status, isolation precautions and risk alerts, and whether the SNF could accept the patient back after treatment in the ED. The Resident Transfer Form was found in the hospital medical record of 73% of patients. There were anecdotal reports of hospital provider satisfaction with the TMDS and RTF. CONCLUSION: The TMDS was associated with marked improvement in the transfer of essential clinical information. Educational efforts are warranted to increase consistency of usage.
Nancy A Kelly; Diane F Mahoney; Alice Bonner; Terrence O'Malley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-9375     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100893243     Medline TA:  J Am Med Dir Assoc     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 American Medical Directors Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
MGH Institute of Health Professions, School of Nursing, Boston, MA; MGH Patient Care Services, Medical Nursing, Boston, MA.
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