A pioneering electronic tool to improve the quality of patient handover has significantly improved patient safety at a Wiltshire trust.
The Salisbury Handover System was developed by staff at Salisbury Foundation Trust to help improve handover to Hospital at Night teams following last August’s deadline for the European Working Time Directive.
Project manager for the system Debbie Dupont said it has significantly improved communication between teams and multiprofessional sharing of information.
“Breakdown in communication is often behind a breakdown in patient safety. The tool gives structure to handover so that crucial information is not missed,” she told delegates at a patient safety conference in London last week.
A snapshot audit of the tool at Salisbury Foundation Trust found that 98 per cent of patients classed as deteriorating had been handed over correctly.