Journal Article

Handoff practices in emergency medicine: are we making progress?

Hern HG Jr; Gallahue FE; Burns BD; Druck J; Jones J; Kessler C; Knapp B; Williams S; Council of Residency Directors; Transitions of Care Task Force.

Improving patient handoffs has emerged as a critical safety goal of residency training programs. This national survey study of emergency medicine residency programs found that more than half of respondents now use a standardized handoff protocol. Even though more programs offer formal handoff training compared to a similar study in 2011, less than two-thirds of respondents felt their residents were competent in delivering and receiving handoffs.