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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Oct;22(10):751-4.

Emergency physician intershift handovers: an analysis of our transitional care.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH 45429, USA.


The emergency department intershift transfer of patient care is a universal event. Despite the frequency of its occurrence and complexity of issues surrounding the exchange, emergency department patient handover is insufficiently explored in our literature. This article reviews the effectiveness and efficiencies of the handover practice. The authors provide personal opinion regarding favorable parameters for the prehandover, intershift meeting, and posthandover activities.

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