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Authors

  1. Thomas, Lily PhD, RN
  2. Donohue-Porter, Patricia PhD, RN

Abstract

Ineffective handoffs have been identified as a barrier to patient safety and quality and as a key area for improvement. Handoffs require a process for effective transfer of critical information. A redesigned nurse-to-nurse intershift handoff was implemented in 7 hospitals of a multisite system. The redesign included combining evidence and an innovative approach developed by nurse managers to improve intershift report. Results included an increase in nurse and patient satisfaction.