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Transition of Care - Surgical Residents

DEPT: MEDICAL EDUCATION
POLICY #: 8240.25

GOAL

To establish and monitor an effective, structured hand-over process to facilitate both continuity of care and patient safety.

POLICY

The transition of care of a surgical patient from one Resident / Midlevel provider ("team member") to another will occur in both written and verbal form ("Sign-out").

Written sign-out must include relevant medical history and notable hospital events so as to convey a full understanding of a patient's medical concerns. Unresolved medical issues and important action-items must be highlighted to the accepting team member.

Verbal sign-out must accompany written sign-out. This will allow the opportunity for questions and to further expand upon or clarify the information provided via written sign-out.

Sign-out will occur at every level of the healthcare team; this will ensure a uniform understanding of a patient's care-plan at every level of the responsible team.

Sign-out must occur every time there is a change in the team members responsible for that patient's care.

When questions or concerns arise regarding a patient's care plan, those questions should be forwarded to a more senior member of the team, including the Attending Surgeon when appropriate.

COTTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM POLICY

RECOMMENDED BY: J. Gauvin, MD (PD) DATE: 11/14
ORIGINAL POLICY EFFECTIVE DATE: 9/11
APPROVED BY: GMEC/E. Wroblewski, MD DATE: 11/14
DATE REVISED:
DATE REVIEWED: 11/14