What are the biggest risks involving ED handoffs?

December 2009
Hospital Case Management;Dec2009, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p189
The article discusses the risks of patient handoff at the change of shift of emergency department (ED) physicians in the U.S. According to Serio LLC vice president Wayne Guerra, during patient handoff, the vigilance of the physician is relaxed. Physicians should identify high-risk scenarios including unstable and complex patients. It also mentions that ED physicians are at risk for malpractice suit so they should inform their patient about the end of shift and the receiving physician.


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