Mollie R. Cummins

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CONTEXT The US emergency departments and poison control centers use telephone communication to exchange information about poison exposed patients. Electronically exchanged patient information could better support care for poisoned patients by improving information availability for decision making and by decreasing unnecessary emergency department telephone(More)
OBJECTIVE Poison control centers (PCCs) routinely collaborate with emergency departments (EDs) to provide care for poison-exposed patients. During this process, a significant amount of information is exchanged between EDs and PCCs via telephone, leading to important inefficiencies and safety vulnerabilities. In the present work, we identified and assessed a(More)
CONTEXT Poison control centers (PCCs) and emergency departments (EDs) rely upon telephone communication to collaborate. PCCs and EDs each create electronic records for the same patient during the course of collaboration, but those electronic records are not shared. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe the current, telephone based process of(More)
Grocery sales are a data source of potential value to dietary assessment programs in public health informatics. However, the lack of a computable method for mapping between nutrient and food item information represents a major obstacle. We studied the feasibility of linking point-of-sale data to USDA-SR nutrient database information in a sustainable way. We(More)
Electronic information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers could reduce medical error, reduce time to treatment, and improve continuity of care for poisonings. This paper describes our ongoing work developing a knowledge base for health information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers. We determined(More)
CONTEXT High volume surges in health care are uncommon and unpredictable events. Their impact on health system performance and capacity is difficult to study. OBJECTIVES To identify time periods that exhibited very busy conditions at a poison control center and to determine whether cases and communication during high volume call periods are different from(More)
We analyzed audio recordings of telephone calls between emergency departments (EDs) and poison control centers (PCCs) in order to describe the information requirements for health information exchange. Analysis included a random sample of 120 poison exposure cases involving ED-PCC communication that occurred during 2009. We identified 52 information types(More)
The purpose of this pilot study was to describe web reference use patterns of poison control center specialists using time tracking software. We analyzed two weeks of web site use data from Utah poison control center (PCC) computers to describe patterns of reference web site use. We observed frequent use of webPOISONCONTROL and Amazon. Specialists visited(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify risk factors independently predictive of pressure injury (also known as pressure ulcer) development among critical-care patients. DESIGN We undertook a systematic review of primary research based on standardized criteria set forth by the Institute of Medicine. DATA SOURCES We searched the following databases: CINAHL (EBSCOhost),(More)