SMART Goal: Evidence and Review

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SMART Goal Evidence & Review Interdepartmental communication and medical errors have both been proven as causes of harm to patients in health care settings. When there are gaps in communications between nurses changing shifts or patient transitions from one department to another, medical errors can occur and cause harm to patients. Even though there has been improvement in recognition of these problems and actions taken to reduce communication gaps and medical errors, there still needs to be more work, especially in individual facilities. In the article, "Improving Patient Safety by Standardizing Handoff Communications" (Danis, 2007), the purpose of the study was to implement a standardized approach to handoff communication and to improve compliance in using a handoff communication form. The study was based on the lack of standardized communication as the root cause of issues surrounding how patients receive care and safety and addressed the JACHO 2006 National Patient Safety Goals requiring a standardized approach in handoff communications. The study found that implementing a handoff communication form increased communications about patients between staff of each department. It concluded that staffs were more aware of communication gaps and the difficulties in communicating in the complex health care environment. This study is important for bringing more awareness and solutions to the problem of interdepartmental communications to ensure that patients will continue to

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