Human factors in clinical handover: development and testing of a ‘handover performance tool’ for doctors’ shift handovers.

January 30, 2013

Source: Int J Qual Health Care  [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This observational study tested a tool to help clinicians assess the quality and safety of shift handovers. The emphasis was on non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, situation awareness and task management. Doctors at one hospital in England helped validate the tool, and handovers were videoed for analysis by human factors experts. Good communication was most likely to be associated with high quality ratings of handovers, followed by teamwork and situation awareness.

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Clinicans warned of the dangers of loading doses of drugs

December 22, 2010

Source: National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publication: 25 November 2010

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell:  The NPSA has issued a new Rapid Response Report (RRR) in a bid to reduce the possibility of harming or causing death through overloading syringes with medicine.   

Length of publication: 1 webpage