Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

A patient handoff (also known as transitioning) is both the act of passing a patient between caregivers and the information exchanged between the sender (the provider giving away the patient) and the receiver (the provider taking the patient).These transfers can be as dramatic as airlifting a patient to a specialty hospital and telling the EMTs that the patient thinks she can fly and will try to jump out of the helicopter, or as mundane as a nurse ending her shift and telling her replacement the patient has been taken off a certain medicin

Treat, Don’t Board, Mental Health Patients in Emergency Departments

Emergency departments across the nation have been challenged by rising volumes. ED crowding is exacerbated by the increase in the number of patients with mental disorders, substance abuse problems or both, who present with acute problems. Besides the mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug disorders and intent to self-harm, these patients often have other medical problems including diabetes, liver disease and various infections.

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