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Improving the safety of patient transfer from AMU using a written checklist.

Hindmarsh, D and Lees, Liz (2012) Improving the safety of patient transfer from AMU using a written checklist. Acute medicine, 11 (1). pp. 13-7. ISSN 1747-4892.

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Unsafe patient transfers are one of the top reasons for incident reporting in hospitals. Criteria guiding safe transfer have been issued by the NHS Litigation Authority. To meet this standard, a "transfer check list" was redesigned for all patients leaving the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) in the Heartlands Hospital. Following the introduction of the checklist two full audit cycles were conducted. The first cycle highlighted an extremely poor uptake of the checklist. After interventions to educate nursing staff and raise awareness of the issues at the regular staff meetings, re-audit demonstrated significant improvement in completion rate. Subsequent monitoring indicates continued improvement, with compliance up to 95% for completion of the transfer checklist on AMU. Incident reporting relating to transfer has also decreased significantly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine
WD Diseases and disorders of systemic, metabolic or environmental origin > WD400 Emergency medicine
Divisions: Emergency Services > Acute Medicine and AMU
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 11:02
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/411

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