Clinical handover

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Clinical handover, patient handover or handover is the transfer of professional responsibility and accountability for some or all aspects of care for a patient, or group of patients, to another person or professional group on a temporary or permanent basis.[1] Failure in handover is a major source in preventable patient harm. Clinical handover is an international concern and Australia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland have reviewed this and developed risk reduction recommendations.[1] Some strategies to improve handover include bedside handover, using SBAR and using computerised handover sheets [2]

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