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Lost in Translation: Maximising handover effectiveness between paramedics and receiving staff in the emergency department

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Owen, C and Hemmings, L and Brown, T (2009) Lost in Translation: Maximising handover effectiveness between paramedics and receiving staff in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 21 (2). ISSN 1742-6731

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study is to investigate perceptions by paramedics and hospital receiving staff about what enables and constrains handover in the emergency department. Methods: This is a qualitative study of interviews with 19 paramedics, 15 nurses and 16 doctors (n=50) from ambulance services and emergency departments in 2 states of Australia. Results: Three main themes emerged that were evident at both sites and in the 3 professional groups. These were: difficulties in creating a shared cognitive picture, tensions between ‘doing’ and ‘listening’, and fragmenting communication. Conclusion: Recommendations arising from this study as to how handover could be improved are the need for a common language between paramedics and staff in the ED; for shared experiences and understanding between the members of the team, and, for the development of a standardised approach to handover from paramedics to ED receiving staff

Item Type: Article
Keywords: handover, paramedic to emergency department interaction, patient safety, qualitative research
Journal or Publication Title: Emergency Medicine Australasia
ISSN: 1742-6731
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2009.01168.x
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 22:41
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:52
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/7858
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