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Resident handoff-improvement program reduces medical errors

Residency Program Insider, November 7, 2014

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A study looking at the effects of a resident handoff-improvement program in nine hospitals found that the medical-error rate decreased 23% and the rate of preventable adverse events decreased 30%.
 
Examining 10,740 patient admissions, the researchers found that residents participating in the program had the improved outcomes. The handoff program included “a mnemonic to standardize oral and written handoffs, handoff and communication training, a faculty development and observation program, and a sustainability campaign,” according to the researchers.
 
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine



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