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How to make emergency department handovers more effective

Ambulance crews and ED nurses work in an increasingly pressured environment and handovers of patient information are key, here are tools and techniques to help

Ambulance crews and ED nurses work in an increasingly pressured environment and handovers of patient information are key, here are tools and techniques to help

  • Handovers can be fraught with risk because of the complexity of the process and the number of different people they can involve
  • They are complicated by chaotic and noisy environments, as well as lack of time and resources
  • Tools such as ATMIST support handovers, helping keep them short and preventing important information from being missed

Ambulances queuing outside hospitals as crews wait to unload their patients is a familiar sight amid crushing pressures on health services across the UK.

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