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Transfer of care of patients from one physician to another—referred to as the handoff—is a period laden with vulnerabilities. Miscommunication during handoffs is one of the most common preventable sources of adverse events in the hospital. Since 2003, when resident duty-hour restrictions were implemented in the United States, handoffs have become more common. Efforts to make handoffs uniform, usually involving standardized sign-outs, have improved safety1- 3 and have become widely accepted.
Schoenfeld AJ, Wachter RM. The Search for Better Patient Handoff Tools. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1402-1403. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4263