Pass the baton or NUTS for safer handoff

October 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Oct2007, Vol. 29 Issue 10, p115
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Hospitals are using innovative methods to improve patient handoff, a point known as high risk for errors. The strategies help ensure that critical information is passed in a consistent manner. • One method involves passing information in an actual baton, like that used in relay races. • Another method focuses mainly on staff education. • The ideas are low tech and inexpensive. INSETS: SBAR offers way to better handoffs;Baton method can be altered for ED.


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