How does it work?

Participating air & ground critical care transport programs submit aggregated data on a monthly basis. There is no individual patient or transport-level information. Programs can submit data for the entire program or based on functional units (base locations, specialty teams, etc.)

Each participating program should designate a primary data manager, who is responsible for collecting and submitting data.

Do all the questions need to be answered?

The monthly volumes are required for each age group. Otherwise, only enter data for those metrics that you intend to report. For example, if you are reporting Adverse Events but had none, enter ‘0’. However, if you are not reporting Adverse Events then leave that question blank.

Is there a deadline for submitting data?

While there is no hard deadline, data should be entered within 60 days of the end of a month. (ie. December data should be entered by the end of February)

How do I get help?

For participating programs, the Data Managers listserv is the best resource for questions and assistance from your peers who are working successfully with the database and the GAMUT quality metrics. So, to engage discussion please send your questions to data_managers@ampa.org.

If your question is specific for GAMUT program leadership (either technical or clinical), please send your question to GAMUT@akronchildrens.org.

For all others questions, please use the ‘About Us’ menu item at the top of this page.

How is data submitted?

The data is collected and managed using REDCap(Harris et al., 2009) electronic data capture tools hosted by AMPA. REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies and quality improvement projects.

How are the Benchmark scores determined?

The GAMUT QI collaborative uses the Achievable Benchmarks of Care™ (ABC) method (Kiefe et al., 1998). The ABC™ establishes the performance level consistently being attained by the best participants that account for at least 10% of the overall population.

Additional details about the ABC™ can be found here.

References

Harris, P. A., Taylor, R., Thielke, R., Payne, J., Gonzalez, N., & Conde, J. G. (2009). Research electronic data capture (REDCap)—A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 42(2), 377–381. doi:10.1016/j.jbi.2008.08.010

Kiefe, C. I., Weissman, N. W., Allison, J. J., Farmer, R., Weaver, M., & Williams, O. D. (1998). Identifying achievable benchmarks of care: Concepts and methodology. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 10(5), 443–447. doi:10.1093/intqhc/10.5.443


Creation of the GAMUT database was made possible through the generosity of the Air Medical Physicians Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine, and grants from the Medevac, Akron Childrens, Cincinatti Childrens and Laerdal foundations.