April 30, 2019

When is it most dangerous for a patient?

It seems like being in an Emergency Room, in the midst of a medical crisis, would be the most dangerous time for a patient. With so much multi-tasking going on, doesn't that setting hold the highest risk of a medical error occurring? 

Not so much. Moving between types of care--the time known as the "hand off"--is where a lack of communication is most likely to risk our safety as patients. For instance, going from the ER to a hospital room, or being released from acute care to rehab or going home. Just watch Jo's VERY SHORT VIDEO on the risks of the "hand off" to learn a shocking statistic.