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Journal Article

Controlled trial to improve resident sign-out in a medical intensive care unit.

Nanchal R, Aebly B, Graves G, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2017;26:987-992.

Communication errors during handoffs can lead to patient harm. Standardizing the handoff process has been shown to improve patient safety. This prospective trial demonstrated that implementation of a standardized intensive care unit sign-out process among residents led to fewer unexpected patient events and unplanned interventions.