Clinical handover of the trauma and medical patient: a structured approach

Handovers are vital to the continuity of patient care and can influence patient outcome. Several structures exist to facilitate handover delivery but further work is needed to prospectively evaluate them.This article advocates the implementation of a suitable pre-hospital handover template and the introduction of handover training. We believe the introduction of trauma networks into the UK provides the ideal opportunity to prompt hospitals and ambulance services to co-operate to standardise the approach to handover, improve training and carry out further prospective research into the most effective methods of patient handover.

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