Scientific article
Open access

Approaches to Improving Nursing Handoffs in Surgical Wards

Published inOpen journal of nursing, vol. 07, no. 09, p. 1034-1043
Publication date2017
First online date2017-09-18

Objective: To propose approaches to improve nursing handoffs for surgical patients, including standardization. Background: Handoffs, or the transfer of accountability and patient information, can generate potential risks for patient safety. Standardization has been proposed to help improve handoffs. Methods: After observing 333 nursing handoffs in the surgical wards of our institution, we conducted a thematic content analysis, comparing and contrasting the observations. Results: Handoff processes, including the use of support tools, varied among the observations. Common themes in the handoff content suggested possibilities of standardization. About half of the 51 interruptions occurring during the observed handoffs were by healthcare professionals. Conclusions: Standardization to improve handoffs should address both the content and the process. Interruptions were common and should be avoided whenever possible. Future studies should also consider the use of mobile applications to support handoffs and clinical documentation.

  • Nursing Handoffs
  • Handover
  • Nursing Sign-Out
  • Shift Report
  • Bedside Handoff
Citation (ISO format)
BLONDON, Katherine et al. Approaches to Improving Nursing Handoffs in Surgical Wards. In: Open journal of nursing, 2017, vol. 07, n° 09, p. 1034–1043. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2017.79075
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
ISSN of the journal2162-5336

Technical informations

Creation02/02/2022 9:38:00 AM
First validation02/02/2022 9:38:00 AM
Update time03/16/2023 2:38:40 AM
Status update03/16/2023 2:38:39 AM
Last indexation08/31/2023 7:42:35 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack