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A&E handover tool boosts patient safety awareness

A new tool for shift handovers significantly improves practice and awareness of patient safety issues in emergency departments, according to research at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

The study, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, assessed use of the “The ABC of Handover” in around 40 handovers.

The authors said the tool led to a significant increase in operational issues, such as staffing or equipment shortages, mentioned at handover from a mean of 34% to 86%.

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