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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Improving the communication between teams managing boarded patients on a surgical specialty ward.

Puvaneswaralingam S, Ross D. BMJ quality improvement reports. 2016;5.

Boarding patients as they transfer between wards can compromise patient safety. This commentary reviews how an otolaryngology ward implemented a simple cognitive aid to improve patient record review, information sharing, and team communication. The authors report the results of the project and how they intend to use plan-do-study-act cycles to refine the process.