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Kaleida Health Nurse-Physician Team Receive $50,000 Research Grant

Released: 7/2/2012
Jessica Castner, Ph.D., RN, and Heidi Suffoletto, M.D., recently received the Directed Team Award from the Emergency Medicine Foundation/Emergency Nurses’ Association Foundation. The awarded project, “Radio-Frequency Identification Time-and-Motion Study: The relationship of emergency department overcrowding, physical workspace, and patient-provider contact,” took place in Buffalo General Medical Center’s (BGMC) Emergency Department. Caster is BGMC’s Nursing Research Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at D’Youville College’s School of Nursing. Suffoletto is a Clinical Assistant Professor at State University of New York University at Buffalo and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Buffalo General.

Nationwide trends in health care have resulted in profound stressors to the quality and safety of emergency care. Kaleida Health recognizes the difficulty patients may experience in overcrowded emergency departments and is committed to solutions that will contribute to best practices across the nation. As a leader in research and quality patient care, Buffalo General Medical Center is an ideal setting for the study that will be used to make workload, staffing and unit layout recommendations for emergency departments across the nation.

This study is unique because of the use of radio-frequency identification technology, in collaboration with Radiense, Inc. Nurses and physicians were asked to wear a small tag that records their time and motion. This will be compared to the overall environment in emergency care to determine how overcrowding and other common stressors impact the time nurses and physicians are able to spend with each patient.

“We are dedicated to finding solutions and meaningful measures for the best quality care for our patients,” said Castner. “We noticed something important was missing from the myriad of quality, technology and research measures that are vogue in emergency care today; this study is focused on a frequently overlooked measure that every patient, physician and nurse values--time at the patient’s bedside to authentically heal and care.”

About Radiense:
Radiense provides intelligent solutions for healthcare by automatically collecting and processing real-time location data, movement history, associations and relationship information on high-value assets, including equipment, patients and staff. Our patented algorithms and advanced software applications help optimize business processes, enhance patient throughput, reduce costs and improve operational efficiency within healthcare.  

About the ENA Foundation:
The mission of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Foundation is to provide educational scholarships and research grants in the discipline of emergency nursing.

About EMF:
For nearly 40 years, the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) has funded innovative clinical and laboratory research and continues to lead the way in emergency medicine education and research. To date, EMF has funded nearly $10 million in grants. Created to demonstrate and advance the distinctive specialty of emergency medicine through research and education, EMF was founded in 1972 as a 501 (c) 3 charitable research and education foundation and sets its funding priorities from the AmericanCollege of Emergency Physicians.

About Kaleida Health:
With over 10,000 employees, Kaleida Health is the largest healthcare provider in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, plus the health system’s 90 clinics and healthcare centers. Kaleida Health operates the DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Millard Fillmore long-term care facilities, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association. Kaleida Health also operates a major laboratory division as well as the Millard Fillmore Ambulatory Surgery Center. The organization is also affiliated with Great Lakes Health, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the University at Buffalo. Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.2 billion annually.