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Does a unit shift report "blackout" period improve patient safety?

Olmstead J. Does a unit shift report "blackout" period improve patient safety? Nurs Manage. 2019;50(3):8-10. doi:10.1097/01.NUMA.0000553500.85897.51.

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April 10, 2019
Olmstead J. Nurs Manage. 2019;50(3):8-10.

Mistakes during handoffs from the emergency department (ED) to inpatient units can diminish patient safety. This commentary summarizes how one hospital sought to to avoid miscommunications and disruptions by blocking admission of ED transfers during shift report. However, researchers found that blocking patient transfers did not result in improvements. The project did devise a standardized handoff process that was ultimately employed across the organization as a patient safety strategy.

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Olmstead J. Does a unit shift report "blackout" period improve patient safety? Nurs Manage. 2019;50(3):8-10. doi:10.1097/01.NUMA.0000553500.85897.51.

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