Dropping the Baton: A Qualitative Analysis of Failures During the Transition From Emergency Department to Inpatient Care

From the Annals of Emergency Medicine:

The transfer of a patient from the ED to internal medicine can be associated with adverse events. Specific vulnerable areas include communication, environment, workload, information technology, patient flow, and assignment of responsibility. Systems-based interventions could ameliorate many of these and potentially improve patient safety.

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