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Information handoff and outcomes of critically ill patients transferred between hospitals.

Usher MG, Fanning C, Wu D, et al. Information handoff and outcomes of critically ill patients transferred between hospitals. J Crit Care. 2016;36:240-245. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2016.08.006.

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November 2, 2016
Usher MG, Fanning C, Wu D, et al. J Crit Care. 2016;36:240-245.

Patients are at risk for adverse events when they are transferred from one acute care hospital to another. This retrospective study of transfers from outside hospitals to intensive care units found that documentation was often incomplete and lack of documentation was associated with higher in-hospital mortality. These findings underscore the importance of accurate and effective handoffs.

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Usher MG, Fanning C, Wu D, et al. Information handoff and outcomes of critically ill patients transferred between hospitals. J Crit Care. 2016;36:240-245. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2016.08.006.