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Qatar ambulance service and Hamad General Hospital Emergency Department staff’s perception of current patient handover practice


Jundi, I and Abujaber, A and Alinier, G and Campbell, CB and Meyer, J and Al Shaikh, L and Cameron, P and Rull, S and Kamel, H and Govender, K, Qatar ambulance service and Hamad General Hospital Emergency Department staff's perception of current patient handover practice, International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health 2016, January 14-18, 2016, Qatar (2016) [Conference Extract]

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DOI: doi:10.5339/jemtac.2016.icepq.105


Background: The handover process is meant to ensure patient safety and maintain continuity of care through endorsement of critical patient information. This study evaluates staff’s perceptions about the current patient handover process effectiveness between Ambulance Service (AS) and Emergency Department (ED) clinicians. It may help identify barriers and contributing factors to an effective patient handover.

Methods: An electronic questionnaire was circulated to all ED doctors/nurses and AS staff (Estimated N ¼ 1,000). 400 questionnaires were completed of which 92 did not meet the inclusion criteria. Respondents were 43% AS staff, 29% ED nurses, and 28% ED doctors. A 4-point Likert scale (1 ¼ strongly disagree-4 ¼ strongly agree) was used. The mean was calculated for every variable to determine each group perception. One-way ANOVA tested the relationship between demographics and perceptions’ variables.

Results: Although 62% of respondents believe the current handover process is safe and 65% believe AS staff report all critical information, 70% of respondents think that it causes AS/ED staff conflicts, and 72% believe the current handover process needs changing. ANOVA test revealed significant differences in the mean between study groups’ handover safety perceptions. Interestingly, ED nurses expressed more safety concern (2.43) than ED doctors (2.58) and AS staff (2.82) with p-value ,0.05. The main perceived barriers to effective handover were: Lack of handover protocol (89%); Lack of a standardized handover tool (89%); Fragmented communication (85%); and Frequent interruptions (82%). 93% of the respondents believe the use of a standardized handover tool will improve the patient handover process despite 67% of them not knowing any standardized handover tool.

Conclusion: The lack of handover protocol and a standardized tool leads to significant variation and is a patient safety concern due to potential loss of critical information. We believe that a mutually agreed standardized handover tool such as ISBAR would reduce handover variation and ensure quality.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Patient Handover, Patient safety, Standardised tools
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Other Medical and Health Sciences
Research Field:Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Campbell, CB (Mr Craig Campbell)
ID Code:112764
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Paramedicine
Deposited On:2016-11-28
Last Modified:2016-11-29

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