Strategies to Improve Information Transfer for Multitrauma Patients

Calleja, Pauline, Aitken, Leanne M., and Cooke, Marie (2020) Strategies to Improve Information Transfer for Multitrauma Patients. Clinical Nursing Research, 29 (6).

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The aim of this multiphase mixed-method study was to improve access, flow, and consistency of information transfer for multitrauma patients leaving the Emergency Department. Methods included literature review, focus group interviews, chart audits, staff surveys, and a review of international trauma forms to inform an intervention developed with a researcher-led, clinician stakeholder group. Analysis included descriptive and inferential statistics. Baseline data revealed variability existed in patient-care documentation, showing little standardization. Improvement strategies implemented included a gold standard for information embedded in handover tools, raising staff awareness of complexities for information transfer. Improvement was seen in communication between wards coordinating transfer, improved documentation, decreased information duplication, improved legibility, and increased ease and efficiency in navigating to key information. Improvement in communication at patient transition is essential to continuity of safe, effective care, and is impacted by complex interactions between multiple factors. Difficulty increases for patients with high acuity.

Item ID: 81892
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-3799
Keywords: communication, documentation, handover, patient information, trauma
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2018
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2024 23:44
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420501 Acute care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200311 Urgent and critical care, and emergency medicine @ 100%
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