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Nurs Older People. 2006 Dec;18(11):32-6; quiz 37.

Developing a guide to improve the quality of nurses' handover.

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South Birmingham Primary Care Trust.


This article considers the importance of handover as a means of communicating important patient information from one nursing shift to the next. It describes the development of a guide, based on Essence of Care benchmarks, intended to improve the quality of nursing handover. A post implementation audit suggests that once staff were familiar with the guide, handovers became more structured and informative.

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