Journal Article

A prospective observational study of physician handoff for intensive-care-unit-to-ward patient transfers.

Li P; Stelfox HT; Ghali WA.

Physicians and patients generally expressed satisfaction with the handoff process when patients were transferred from the intensive care unit to the general ward. However, direct verbal communication occurred in only a small minority of cases, and several preventable errors did occur, implying the need for a more standardized process.