Bedside nursing handover: A case study

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Title Bedside nursing handover: A case study
Author Chaboyer, Wendy; McMurray, Anne Mary; Wallis, Marianne
Journal Name International Journal of Nursing Practice
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract A case study of six wards in two hospitals was undertaken to describe the structures, processes and perceptions of outcomes of bedside handover in nursing. A total of 532 bedside handovers were observed and 34 interviews with nurses were conducted. Important structural elements related to the staff, patients, the handover sheet and the bedside chart. A number of processes before, during and after the handover were implemented. They included processes for managing patients and their visitors, sensitive information, and the flow of communication for variable shift starting times. Other key processes identified were the implementation of a safety scan and medication check. The situation, background, assessment and recommendations approach was used only in specific circumstances. Perceived outcomes were categorized as improving accuracy and service delivery, and promoting patient-centred care. Although the move to bedside handover is not the norm, it reflects a patient-centred approach.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Blackwell Publishing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Bedside nursing handover: A case study, International Journal of Nursing Practice Vol. 16(1), 2010, pp. 27-34, which has been published in final form at
Volume 16
Issue Number 1
Page from 27
Page to 34
ISSN 1322-7114
Date Accessioned 2011-01-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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