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Doctors report patient safety often at risk in ER to inpatient hand-off

from HealthDay News via Medical Xpress

Physicians report that patient safety is often at risk during the emergency department admission hand-off process due to ineffective communication. The findings were published online July 22 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Christopher J. Smith from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in Omaha, and colleagues surveyed resident, fellow and faculty physicians directly involved in admission hand-offs from emergency medicine and five medical admitting services at a 627-bed tertiary care academic medical center. more

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