Email Request for Information
Thank you for agreeing to send out my request for information to your member and associate member contacts.
As background, I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Peter Lougheed Center (a community hospital associated with the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta). I am a member of the SEARCH Classic sixth cohort. As such, we have to choose a topic of interest for our own practice and for our region.
In Calgary, we have a Tertiary care Pediatric hospital and a Community Hospital with a Pediatric unit. In the next 3 years, we will be opening a second Community Hospital with a Pediatric Unit. The issue of where to place a patient once the decision has been made to admit them is of paramount importance for the region. The current practice is to make decisions based on capacity, the patient and family's home address, the assessment of what the patient needs and the Emergency Physicians' thoughts about the appropriateness of either unit. Unfortunately, this means that the decision to admit a patient is somewhat variable and often inconsistent.
I am aware that other centers have similar shared responsibilities between Tertiary care centers and Community Hospitals. I am hoping that representatives from these centers would be willing to share their practices with me. I am hoping that these people would be willing to grant me permission to contact them to discuss their practices, share supporting documentation describing their practices and any supporting literature or studies that they have conducted describing how effective their strategies have been. In return, I am entirely willing to share any findings I obtain and am in fact hoping to present my findings at the 2008 CAPHC conference.
I am requesting that people contact me before October 15th. This gives me time to contact them (or their representative) to further explain what I am seeking and arrange to receive any documentation that they might have.
Please don't hesitate to contact me for any clarification or with any questions you might have.