Journal Article
Study

Developing standardized "receiver-driven" handoffs between referring providers and the emergency department: results of a multidisciplinary needs assessment.

Huth K, Stack AM, Chi G, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2018;44:719-730.

Successful initiatives that have enhanced the safety of handoffs have largely focused on the inpatient setting. This study determined that handoffs between outpatient pediatric providers and the emergency department at a single institution varied in quality, which can lead to unnecessary testing and other harm. A past Annual Perspective discussed how robust handoffs may improve safety outcomes.