Read-back improves information transfer in simulated clinical crises.

Show simple item record Boyd, M en Cumin, David en Lombard, B en Torrie, Jocelyn en Civil, N en Weller, Jennifer en 2014-11-19T19:52:47Z en 2014-12 en
dc.identifier.citation BMJ Quality & Safety, 2014, 23 (12), pp. 989 - 993 en
dc.identifier.issn 2044-5415 en
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dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Safe and effective healthcare is frustrated by failures in communication. Repeating back important information (read-back) is thought to enhance the effectiveness of communication across many industries. However, formal communication protocols are uncommon in healthcare teams. AIMS: We aimed to quantify the effect of read-back on the transfer of information between members of a healthcare team during a simulated clinical crisis. We hypothesised that reading back information provided by other team members would result in better knowledge of that information by the receiver than verbal response without read-back or no verbal response. METHOD: Postanaesthesia care unit nurses and anaesthetic assistants were given clinically relevant items of information at the start of 88 simulations. A clinical crisis prompted calling an anaesthetist, with no prior knowledge of the patient. Using video recordings of the simulations, we noted each time a piece of information was mentioned to the anaesthetist. Their response was coded as read-back, verbal response without read-back or no verbal response. RESULTS: If the anaesthetists read back the item of information, or otherwise verbally responded, they were, respectively, 8.27 (p<0.001) or 3.16 (p=0.03) times more likely to know the information compared with no verbal response. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that training healthcare teams to use read-back techniques could increase information transfer between team members with the potential for improved patient safety. More work is needed to confirm these findings. en
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dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ Quality & Safety en
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dc.title Read-back improves information transfer in simulated clinical crises. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003096 en
pubs.issue 12 en
pubs.begin-page 989 en
pubs.volume 23 en
dc.identifier.pmid 25114268 en
pubs.end-page 993 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 449549 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Anaesthesiology en Cent Medical & Hlth Sci Educat en
dc.identifier.eissn 2044-5423 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-11-20 en
pubs.dimensions-id 25114268 en

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