Biomedical Sciences ETDs

Publication Date



Improving emergency medical service (EMS) reporting into large state held databases is becoming more critical as electronic databases are increasingly used. There is little information on methods improving the accuracy of composite data entered, nor on directly improving reporting, into these databases. New Mexicos Department of Health has used an electronic medical record (EMR) for all emergency service pre-hospital documentation since 2009. 2012 database analysis showed poor reporting on Utstein variable, out-of-hospital arrests. Study aims were to develop methods utilizing 'Performance Management' to improve emergency service out-of-hospital cardiac arrest reporting on selected Utstein variables into the database, and to sub-analyze reporting changes by emergency service arrest volume (≤ 24 arrests/year vs >24 arrests/year). Join Point Regression was used for analysis with α set at 0.5 and p < 0.5. Reporting improved by approximately 40%, with improvement noted only in those emergency services with > 24 arrests reported annually.


Out- of hospital cardiac arrest, emergency medical service, Utstein variables, database

Document Type




Degree Name

Biomedical Sciences

Level of Degree


Department Name

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

First Advisor

Sussman, Andrew

First Committee Member (Chair)

Sapien, Robert

Second Committee Member

Moore, Brian

Third Committee Member


Available for download on Wednesday, May 16, 2018