Tools to Improve Handoffs: SBAR and Repeat Back

October 26, 2012 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​The main purpose of a handoff is information processing, and several tools are available to help organizations make information processing more timely, effective, and efficient, according to an article in the October 2012 Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. One such tool is SBAR, in which the person handing off care relays the Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation to the receiving provider. SBAR is a standardized communication technique that can be used during handoffs to help the receiving care provider know what needs the most attention while reducing the potential for data overload. It facilitates communication of both objective (Situation and Background) and subjective (Assessment and Recommendation) information.

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