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Quantitative analysis of the content of EMS handoff of critically ill and injured patients to the emergency department.

Goldberg SA, Porat A, Strother CG, et al. Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors. 2017;21:14-17.

Handoffs between prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers and hospital emergency departments (EDs) are known to be suboptimal. This record review of 90 EMS-to-ED handoffs at a single academic medical center found that essential information was often omitted. The authors suggest that further training is needed to enhance the quality of these handoffs.