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Improved Patient Handoffs Require Comprehensive Approach

Oct. 2017: "The best strategies for improving patient handoffs take a more comprehensive approach instead of focusing exclusively on that moment when a patient’s care is transferred from one caregiver to another, says Christopher Landrigan, MD, [...]

Joint Commission Releases Sentinel Event Alert Related to Handoff Communication

September: In the latest sentinel event alert issued by the Joint Commission, inadequate handoff communication is identified as an area hospitals can improve in order to reduce sentinel events.  Check out the full alert from the [...]

Boston Medical Center is standardizing handoffs, and patients are safer for it

Aug. 2017: Read more about how the I-PASS Patient Safety Institute is helping the academic hospital achieve safer shift changes with game-based training, EHR mnemonics and benchmarking tools in the cloud. The full article can [...]

Dr. Christopher Landrigan Interviewed at National Patient Safety Movement Mid-year Meeting

Hear Dr. Landrigan discuss the core concepts of the I-PASS handoff mnemonic, as interviewed by Dr. Chuck Murphy at the NPSM Mid-year Meeting. Watch the video here!

Integrating Research, Quality Improvement, and Medical Education for Better Handoffs and Safer Care: Disseminating, Adapting, and Implementing the I-PASS Program

July 2017: To further disseminate I-PASS, Study Group members delivered hundreds of academic presentations, including plenaries at scientific meetings, workshops, and institutional Grand Rounds. Some 3,563 individuals, representing more than 500 institutions in the 50 states [...]

 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Uses AHRQ Survey to Promote Patient Safety

June 2017: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture to obtain employee feedback on ways to improve medical care and safety for the approximately 8,000 patients who receive care each year. [...]

Dec 05, 2016: I-PASS™ Patient Safety Institute, Inc. Announces Preferred Share Offering BusinessWire

May 26, 2016: Who Believes That Medical Error Is the Third Leading Cause of Hospital Deaths? British Medical Journal

May 19, 2016How to Make Hospitals Less Deadly The Wall Street Journal

February 1, 2016: Communication failures linked to 1,744 deaths in five years, US Malpractice study finds The Boston Globe

Awards

  • John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality – Recipient (2017)
  • PHM Safety and Quality, Award Recipient (2015)
  • Top Articles” in Medical Education (#1 and #2) at Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Conference (2014)
  • HBS-HMS Health Acceleration Cox Award Recipient (2014)
  • Community / Patient Empowerment Award, Boston Children’s Hospital Taking on Tomorrow Conference (2013)
  • Accreditation Canada Leading Practices, Award Recipient (2013)
  • AAMC Readiness For Reform (R4R) Health Care Innovation Challenge – Honorable Mention (2012)
  • Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education – Award Recipient (2011)

Acknowledgements

The I-PASS signout format is now widely used in graduate medical education and is considered the gold standard for effective signout communication between physicians.

PSNet, Patient Safety Network, July 2016

Four Ideas That Could Transform Healthcare Delivery “The I-PASS Handoff Process has been associated with a 30% reduction in injuries due to medical errors in nine hospitals. Medical professionals transmit vital information at every change of shift and whenever a patient changes locations.”

Harvard Business Review, October 2015

Avoiding Medical Errors in the Hospital “The risk for medical errors increases during handoffs. If you’re privy to the handoff discussion between doctors or teams, you can confirm your care instructions or next management steps and address any omissions about your health, such as drug allergies or a special diet.”

Healthafter50, August 2016