Evaluation of Intershift Handover in Emergency Department

  • Metin Akpınar Van District Training And Research Hospital,
  • Omer Salt Trakya University
  • Mustafa Burak Sayhan Trakya University
  • Alparslan Mutlu Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Training and Research Hospital
Keywords: Emergency medicine, intershift, handover, patient safety

Abstract

Objective: Intershift handover (IH) in emergency departments can lead to serious distress in terms of both patient and doctor safety. In the study; it was aimed to determine how patients handed over between the shifts in the emergency services and the deficiencies, defects and errors occurred during this process. Methods: This study was conducted with 462 emergency doctors at 62 private, state, training research and university hospitals in Istanbul, Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdag cities where almost one fourth of Turkish population live, by interwiewing face-to-face between April 2016 and June 2016. Results: There were statistically significant difference between the groups who said that the transfer quality depends on the transferer doctor and lecturer and the other groups (respectively p<0.05). 98.1% (n = 453) of the physicians stated that they completely or partially agree with that; the deficiencies during handover the effect negatively the treatment of the patient (p<0.05). Conclusion: In conclusion, it is obvious that; the intershift handover in emergency department is vital. By reducing the number of mistakes made during this period, the quality of treatment of patients can be increased. In order to achieve this, we also think that it would be beneficial to give education to emergency service doctors about patient handover and to use a standardized intershift patient handover form.

Author Biographies

Metin Akpınar, Van District Training And Research Hospital,
Emergency Department, Van, Turkey
Omer Salt, Trakya University
Medical Faculty Department of Emergency Medicine
Mustafa Burak Sayhan, Trakya University
Medical Faculty Department of Emergency Medicine, Edirne,Turkey
Alparslan Mutlu, Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Training and Research Hospital
Emergency Department, İstanbul, Turkey

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Published
2018-09-22
Section
Original Research