OR to ICU Patient Handoff: A Matter of Communication
Breakdown in communication during transition of care may result in adverse events. The Joint Commission listed the implementation of a standardized approach to “handoff” communication, including an opportunity to ask and respond to questions, as a requirement for hospitals. This chapter discusses why we have handoff checklists, will present data that handoffs make a difference and give guidance as to how to implement checklists.
KeywordsCritical care Patient safety Handoff checklists
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