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Study: Medical Errors Reduced By Changing “Patient Handoff” System

Children's Hospital Study

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston Children’s Hospital study shows medical errors are significantly reduced by changing the system of what’s known as “patient handoff.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern spoke with Dr. Christopher Landrigan, the study’s principal investigator and Dr. Amy Starmer, the study’s lead author.

Landrigan and Starmer designed a system consisting of three key components: standardized communication and handoff training, a verbal mnemonic and a new team handoff structure.

After the system was used, there were fewer omissions or miscommunications about important data during handoffs, which led to positive results.

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