Date of Award
College of Nursing
Nurse to nurse handoffs were identified as an area for improvement in an acuity-adaptable, progressive care (AAPC) unit in a Midwestern hospital. By using the Plan, Do, Study, and Act (PDSA) quality improvement framework, the content of handoffs was standardized by the creation and use of a handoff tool, organized in a Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) manner. Outcomes of nursing satisfaction and incidental overtime were improved after the implementation of the handoff tool. This cost neutral project has a cost savings potential of $2000/year with the reduction of incidental overtime.
Rykse, Melissa L., "Evidence-Based Protocol: Standardizing Handoffs to Improve Outcomes" (2017). Master's Projects. 8.