Journal Article

Improving handoffs in the emergency department.

Cheung DS; Kelly JJ; Beach C; Berkeley RP; Bitterman RA; Broida RI; Dalsey WC; Farley HL; Fuller DC; Garvey DJ; Klauer KM; McCullough LB; Patterson ES; Pham JC; Phelan MP; Pines JM; Schenkel SM; Tomolo A; Turbiak TW; Vozenilek JA; Wears RL;White ML; American College of Emergency Physicians Section of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Reviewing the conceptual framework for handoffs in emergency departments, this article analyzes obstacles and potential errors, discusses models for effective patient transitions, and provides strategies for enhancing handoffs and measuring outcomes.