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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How to guide to the five steps to safer surgery

January 28, 2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Service

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: This guide is to be used in the surgery setting by staff involved in the implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist.  The aim is to build on non-technical skills and existing learning, to improve patient outcomes and healthcare efficienty

Length of publication: 38 pages

Acknowledgement: National Patient Safety Agency