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AORN J. 2012 Nov;96(5):475-93. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2012.08.011.

Implementing AORN recommended practices for transfer of patient care information.

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Cardiovascular Operating Room, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Falls Church, VA, USA.


The Joint Commission estimates that 80% of serious medical errors are associated with miscommunication during patient transfers. Patient transfers may occur between a wide array of settings: between physicians' offices or preoperative areas and traditional ORs or ambulatory settings, between emergency departments or interventional suites and the OR, and between other areas where the exchange of patient information occurs. AORN's "Recommended practices for transfer of patient care information" serves as a guide for establishing achievable practices that promote a safe level of care during perioperative patient transfers. Strategies for the successful implementation of the recommended practices include promoting teamwork, including with the patient and the patient's family members; developing effective communication skills; documenting processes; creating and adhering to policies and procedures; and establishing quality management programs.

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