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.”

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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.

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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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