IMPROVING PATIENT HANDOFFS. Lolita Jackson Quality Improvement Project Professional Development Perspectives Nursing 3192 January 27, 2014. OBJECTIVE. Implement a standardized form for communication used by various departments for patient handoffs.
Quality Improvement Project
Professional Development Perspectives
January 27, 2014
JCAHO (2010)defines patient handoff as the process of transferring primary authority and responsibility fro providing clinical care to a patient from one departing caregiver to one oncoming caregiver.
According to the American Medical Association (2013), handoffs should be timely, accurate information about a patient’s care, treatment, current condition and any recent or anticipated changes.
Handoffs should be standardized and clearly defined, and involve face to face exchange between caregivers involved.
New Clinical Information
Nursing handoffs are a part of your daily assignments. Patients benefit from reports that are correct and thorough. It is important that you do not leave out any important information for the person who will relieve you to care for your patients. If you cannot paint a perfect picture of all that care that was done under your care, then the next person will have to try and piece the puzzle together, delaying care for that patient!
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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (2010, February). Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Understanding and improving Patient Handoffs. Retrieved from: http://www.jcrinc.com