Innovative Approach to Reconstruct Bedside Handoff: Using Simple Rules of Complexity Science to Promote Partnership With Patients

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Abstract

When nurses integrate patient expertise, nurse-to-nurse handoff becomes patient-centered (nurse and patient), and the weak link between quality and safety is mitigated. The existing paradigm for handoff is an ineffective measure to minimize errors. This article describes a reimagined bedside handoff—transitioning handoff from its prescriptive nurse-centered interaction to a patient-centered partnership using the principles of complex adaptive systems, simple rules, and partnerships that address the uniqueness of each patient and nurse interaction.

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