However, research indicates that the quality of patient handover is often poor (Dubosh, 2014; Britt 2015) with consequent risks to patient safety and continuity of care (Benham-Hutchins and Effken, 2010). It contributes significantly to inaccurate assessment and diagnosis, delayed or inappropriate treatment and medical errors, all of which are ultimately associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates, longer hospital stays and poor patient satisfaction (Gore, 2015; Jeffcott et al, 2009; Bump 2012). Poor handover is a significant factor in malpractice claims (Britt, 2015) and a contributor in a large percentage of sentinel events (Gore, 2015; Dubosh, 2014; Riesenberg, 2009; Greenberg, 2007; Britt 2015). Furthermore, it is a topic often missing from healthcare curricula (O’Toole et al, 2013).
This interactive, research-based workshop offers practitioners the opportunity to develop awareness of the problems with handover, to learn a standardised approach and to practice and develop their handover skills in order to enhance standards of patient safety.
Short Course / CPD
No Partner College
Friday 6th October, 09.00am – 12.00pm
This workshop is aimed at participants from all healthcare backgrounds who are involved in the handover of patient care e.g. nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, midwives, assistant practitioners and pharmacists.
Max number of participants - 30
Elaine has a background in psychology, critical care nursing and simulation/non-technical skills. She is actively engaged in research into handover education.
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