Date of Award
College of Nursing
Nicole Wills, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Megan Parker, BSN, RN
Background: A standardized handover process is needed for stroke patients transferring from the Emergency Department to Interventional Radiology.
Local Problem: Emergency Department and Interventional Radiology had different handover processes.
Methods: A quality improvement project was conducted in a large Magnet® designated midwestern health system. Participants included emergency department and interventional radiology nurses and stroke patients. Pre/post-quality and post implementation measures were obtained.
Interventions: The interventions included utilizing a standardized handover tool between departments, calling report prior to patient transfer, and turning in handover tool following stroke case to ensure compliance. Two cycles of the Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle were completed.
Results: No decrease in emergency department to interventional radiology door time (p=1.00) occurred. There was an increase in emergency department (11%) and interventional radiology (16%) nurse satisfaction regarding the new handover process.
Conclusion: Nurse satisfaction improved. Another PDSA cycle needs to occur in order to decrease emergency department to interventional radiology door time.
Buchman, Megan, "Improving Handover Process for Stroke Patients Transferring from Emergency Department to Interventional Radiology: A Quality Improvement Project" (2021). Doctoral Projects. 129.
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