Understanding current intensive care unit nursing handover practices

Spooner, Amy J., Chaboyer, Wendy, Corley, Amanda, Hammond, Naomi and Fraser, John F. (2013) Understanding current intensive care unit nursing handover practices. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19 2: 214-220. doi:10.1111/ijn.12058

Author Spooner, Amy J.
Chaboyer, Wendy
Corley, Amanda
Hammond, Naomi
Fraser, John F.
Title Understanding current intensive care unit nursing handover practices
Journal name International Journal of Nursing Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7114
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ijn.12058
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 214
End page 220
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Clinical handover is critical to clinical decision-making and the provision of safe, high quality, continuing care. Incomplete and inaccurate transfer of information can result in poor outcomes. To assess the content and completeness of the intensive care unit nursing shift-to-shift handover, a prospective, observational study design was used. A semistructured observation sheet based on 10 key principles for handover was used to overtly observe 20 bedside nursing handovers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data. Overall, the content handed over was consistent with the key principles of clinical handover. However, there were some key principles that were minimally addressed or absent from clinical handovers. Development and implementation of a handover tool specific to intensive care will assist in ensuring that all key principles are adhered to so that adverse events associated with miscommunication during clinical handover are reduced and a high standard of care is maintained.
Keyword Bedside handover
Clinical handover
Continuity of patient care
Nursing handover
Patient safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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