Why Handoff’s Require Face Time

Why handoffs require face time
Checklists and computerized charts are extremely useful, but the opportunity to ask and answer questions face-to-face during handoffs does a lot more to ensure patient safety and prevent medical errors, according to 2 studies published by BMJ Quality and Safety. Researchers at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, Ind., note that spontaneous communication during provider changeovers can clear up ambiguous, inaccurate or limited information.

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