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Al-Benna S, Al-Ajam Y, Alzoubaidi D. Burns. 2009;35:509-512.
This study conducted telephone questionnaires of trainees and discovered several areas for improvement in handoff communications.
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Christopher Fee, MD; February-March 2009
Interrupted during a telephone handoff, an ED physician, despite limited information, must treat a patient in respiratory arrest. The patient is stabilized and transferred to the ICU with a presumed diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia and septic shock. Later, ICU physicians obtain further history that leads to the correct diagnosis: pulmonary embolism.