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The effect of a checklist on the quality of patient handover from the operating room to the intensive care unit: a randomized controlled trial.

Salzwedel C, Mai V, Punke MA, et al. Journal of critical care. 2016;32:170-4.

Communication failures are a well-characterized source of errors in health care. In this prospective, randomized trial at an academic medical center, introducing a checklist for patient handoffs between the operating room and the intensive care unit resulted in better information exchange between teams.