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Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Implements New Patient Safety Initiative

June 7 -

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is now using the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) initiative to standardize patient handovers.

The nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement calls SBAR “an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism useful for framing any conversation, especially critical ones, requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. It allows for an easy and focused way to set expectations for what will be communicated and how between members of the team, which is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety.” Patrick Donovan, RN, of APD’s Surgical Services explains that SBAR includes “a clear, concise and consistent record of information” that will be used every time a patient goes from one area of the hospital to another.