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J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Apr-Jun;27(2):125-31. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31823cc9a0.

SBAR: electronic handoff tool for noncomplicated procedural patients.

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  • 1Department of Nursing , Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


Awareness for patient safety led a team to develop an electronic handoff communication tool for noncomplicated routine patients. The structure of SBAR (situation, background, assessment, and recommendation) was used when transferring patients to and from the progressive care unit and cardiac laboratories. The electronic SBAR gave staff a reliable and standard way to provide a patient handoff.

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