->F.A.Q.

There are many things to consider when contemplating the implementation of a handoff program.

I-PASS is the most validated and effective method for handoffs in the hospital. It was found to substantially
reduce injuries due to medical errors in a major multicenter study published in 2014 in the New England Journal
of Medicine. No other handoff approach has such strong evidence of effectiveness. In addition, it is important to recognize that I-PASS is a multipronged, rigorously developed approach to improving handoffs, not just a mnemonic. It was developed by clinicians, for clinicians. Over the past seven years, the program has been extensively refined and tested to be effective across specialties and disciplines, and well integrated into workflow patterns.

No, I-PASS training and observational software-based tools are independent of the hospital’s EHR system and do not require hospital IT support.

The I-PASS study group is a collaborative of researchers, hospitalists and medical education specialists who developed tools to standardize the I-PASS handoff process and study its impact. Once I-PASS was validated, the study group became focused on implementing I-PASS in as many hospitals as possible to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. The study group realized that without the appropriate resources, guidance and oversight, hospitals couldn’t implement the program in a way that could be sustained. The I-PASS Institute was created to help achieve widespread adoption and sustainment.

A library of pre-configured I-PASS templates for the most common specialties/departments is available. The I-PASS Institute will work with your IT department to integrate the templates into your EHR system.

The I-PASS mnemonic may be built into your EHR already, but the written template alone is not enough. I-PASS is a bundle of interventions, of which the written mnemonic is only one component. To drive significant changes in patient safety, I-PASS needs to be systematically adopted and used daily by your health care professionals in their written and oral communications. The I-PASS Institute works with your organization to create a customized program to ensure adoption and long-term sustainment of I-PASS.

The I-PASS Institute’s Virtual Immersive Learning (VIL) Platform and Observational Measurement App are Cloud Based tools that are independent of the EHR system, and thus do not require additional hospital IT support.

I-PASS can be implemented in individual departments, but for the greatest benefit, it should be adopted throughout an entire institution. The I-PASS Institute will work with you to develop a proposed implementation plan that best meets your goals. This site analysis can take as little as 2 weeks.

A focused implementation for several departments can take 1-3 months. For a full institution adoption, it can take 12-18 months depending on the institution size.

Gaining hospital administrative support is critical. Including a “C” level champion will facilitate the process. The I-PASS Institute will work with your administration to create a justification demonstrating the very attractive financial return.

Yes, yes it does.

You will begin to see a measurable impact at 3 months post implementation.

Yes, the I-PASS mnemonic may be built into your EHR already, but the mnemonic alone is not enough. I-PASS is a package of interventions, of which the written mnemonic is only one component. To drive significant changes in patient safety, I-PASS needs to be systematically adopted and used daily by your health care professionals in their written and oral communications. The I-PASS Institute works with your organization to create a customized program to ensure adoption and long-term sustainment of I-PASS.