Improving Medical Handover: An SHO-Led Approach to Implementing A Formalized Handover System

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  •   Rachel Hallam

  •   Kurun Kumar

  •   Susan Akintunde

  •   Opeyemi Akinnawonu

  •   Saba Mahmood

  •   Rabiu Momoh

Abstract


Handover is a high-risk exercise. As the number of doctors in hospitals vary between shifts, continuity of care must be secured from many professionals down to a few. Literature has repeatedly shown that handover time is when the greatest number of medical errors occur [1]. Tasks may be inefficiently handover over, mis-represented or forgotten entirely. We have shared perspectives from a quality improvement (QI) project undertaken at the William Harvey Hospital, Kent, United Kingdom towards ensuring safe and smooth handover of medical tasks between shifts at the acute medical department in this hospital.



Keywords: Handover, medical shifts, patient safety, team communication

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BMA Junior Doctors Committee, “Safe handover: Safe patients, guidance on clinical handover for clinicians and managers,” (Accessed on: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-02/bma_handover_college_tutors.pdf).

NHS Improvement, “Implementing handovers and huddles: a framework for practice in maternity units,” (Accessed on: https://www.pslhub.org/learn/patient-safety-in-health-and-care/transitions-of-care/handover/nhs-improvement-implementing-huddles-and-handovers-%E2%80%94-a-framework-for-practice-in-maternity-units-25-march-2019-r136/).

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Hallam, R., Kumar, K. ., Akintunde, S. ., Akinnawonu, O. ., Mahmood, S., & Momoh, R. (2021). Improving Medical Handover: An SHO-Led Approach to Implementing A Formalized Handover System. European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 3(6), 28–30. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2021.3.6.1114