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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Promoting patient safety with perioperative hand-off communication.

Robinson NL. Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. 2016;31:245-53.

Handoffs are comprised of a multitude of steps that are prone to communication error. This commentary describes how a hospital drew from Lean Six Sigma concepts to develop and implement a standardized handoff process. The effort achieved improvements and established a concrete method for nurses to apply safe communication and data sharing principles in the perioperative environment.