Date of Award
College of Nursing
Dr. Sandra Spoelstra
Dr. Marie VanderKooi
Inpatient hospitalizations for children are often costly. Children often transition from one setting to the next while hospitalized, therefore their provision of care is also transferred from one care team to the next. This transition presents a vital time for the child, that may be associated with adverse events and medical error. Adverse events can lead to poor outcomes for the child. Despite efforts to improve patient handoffs, communication failures are still abundant in healthcare. Research indicates that the use of a standardized handoff tool from one setting to the next is an effective method for improving the patient’s transition. This project will focus on implementation of a standardized handoff tool from an OR to a PICU to improve staff communication and patient outcomes.
Taylor, Amanda, "Improving the Patient Handoff from OR to PICU in Children Who Have Undergone Cardiac Surgery Using a Standardized Handoff Tool" (2018). Doctoral Projects. 37.