Structured Patient Handoff

Structured passing of information about the patient and correctly doing patient handoff is very often considered marginal. However, the correct execution of these procedures significantly increases patient's safety and leads to better classification and passing on essential information. This algorithm aims to point out the possibilities of structured information pass on and safe patient handoff.

Patient Handoff
patient safety
Published at: 1.6.2021


David Peřan, MSc, MBA
Head of Education and Training Centre, Prague Emergency Medical Services, Prague, Czech Republic

I thank the authors for their work and the development of a simple but essential algorithm. In addition to the structure of standardized patient handoff, it draws attention to several important elements of care (e.g., basic tools for patient transport, oxygen calculation, or focus on other non-technical skills). From the reviewer's point of view, I would consider it a fundamental remark to strictly distinguish between the examination using the acronym ABCDE and the structured handoff using ATMIST. The algorithm generally meets the requirements for the high standard of the AKUTNĚ.CZ portal.


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