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July 30, 2008

Improving handoff communications in critical care: utilizing simulation-based training toward process improvement in managing patient risk.

Berkenstadt H, Haviv Y, Tuval A, et al. Improving handoff communications in critical care: utilizing simulation-based training toward process improvement in managing patient risk. Chest. 2008;134(1):158-62. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0914.

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Berkenstadt H, Haviv Y, Tuval A, et al. Chest. 2008;134:158-62.

Simulation training is being widely implemented in health care, in settings ranging from the emergency department to the operating room. Acting in response to an incident of preventable hypoglycemia, this Israeli hospital conducted a simulation training exercise focusing on teamwork training for nurses, with the goal of improving patient handoffs. The intervention resulted in improvement in nurses' communication of critical information during handoffs.

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Berkenstadt H, Haviv Y, Tuval A, et al. Improving handoff communications in critical care: utilizing simulation-based training toward process improvement in managing patient risk. Chest. 2008;134(1):158-62. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0914.