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Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 8, 2012

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Joint Commission introduces new tool for hand-off communications

The Joint Commission is continuing to add to its Targeted Solutions ToolTM inventory. These tools are an excellent resource for clinicians and for us as educators and are available for Joint Commission-accredited organizations at no charge. The latest tool is a targeted solutions tool for hand-off communications This tool is designed to prevent errors by aiding communication and to enable caregivers to pass necessary and critical patient information from one to another. According to the Joint Commission, about 80% of serious medical errors involve faulty communication during the hand-off process.

The tool helps healthcare professionals analyze their current hand-off communication process, identify areas of focus, access customizable forms, and review guidelines to identify the most appropriate hand-off communication process for their organizations. To find out more about this and other tools, visit the website for the Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare at

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