Review: bringing patient safety to the forefront through structured computerisation during clinical handover

Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 2011, 20 (1-2), pp. 184 - 189
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Aims and objectives. This review aims to examine critically, the methods and modes of delivery of handover used in contemporary health care settings and explore the feasibility of a computerised handover system for improving patient safety. Background. Clinicians play a critical role in promoting patient safety, and the handover ritual is recognised as important in exchanging information and planning patient care. Communication failures have been identified as an important cause of adverse incidents in hospitals. Design. Integrative literature review.
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