Patient care, nursing
During a patient‘s stay in the hospital, many nurses will be involved in that patient’s care. It is vital that nurses communicate well during change-of-shift report to ensure quality and continuity of care. According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, 80% of serious medical errors occur due to miscommunication between health care providers when patient responsibility is handed-off. The Hand-off Communications Project found that over 37% of handovers were defective and did not allow the receiver to safely care for the patient. Defective hand-off can lead to patient harm, delayed or improper treatment, and increased length of hospital stay.
Cuddington, Amy and Johnson, Olivia, "Patient Hand-Off" (2012). Pharmacy and Nursing Student Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Poster Session. 17.
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