Papovich (2011) assert that there is a need for efforts to be made in order to improve the handoff practices during the shift changes so that patient safety especially in case of the pediatric patients can be ensured. It has been confirmed by the findings the standardized system is of a lot of importance when changes in the shifts are taking place as it help in reducing the errors and achieving consistent and accurate communication.
Chung, K., Davis, I., Moughrabi, S. Gawlinski, A. (2011).Use of an Evidence-Based Shift Report Tool to Improve Nurses' Communication.Medsurg Nursing, Vol 20, no. 5.
Chung et al. (2011) used stages designed within the evidence-centered practice of the Iowa Model; and with the assistance of the nursing personal, designed and led a uniform shift report instrument on a medical-surgical division located in a sizeable tertiary care setting. The results of this study demonstrated shift reports with reduced incidence of missed data, lesser postponements in commencing time of shifts, as well as lesser usage of overtime.