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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clinical Handover

"In a busy emergency department, there are days when all the beds are occupied by patients and your emergency gates are flooded with incoming patients; your duty is about to start and the scenario is overwhelming. You are anxious to know every essential detail of each patient before you take over the responsibility. Clinical handovers are an important responsibility of every Emergency Physician. Handovers can range from ED physician to ED physician during shift change, ambulance doctor to ED physician, ED physician to an intensivist during patient transfer. ED physician should be well versed with giving as well as receiving a thorough, concise, handover for benefit of patient, hospital and self...
Take Home Points
  • Use a checklist like SBAR for transferring information from one team to other along with ‘read back’.
  • Handovers as team can have better continuity of care.
  • Simulate handover technique to become well versed at it. 
  • Use the dedicated handover time as a teaching tool.
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