Patient Safety Tool: Patient Handoff Policy & Form From Morehouse School of Medicine

The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, as part of its graduate medical education policies and procedures, provides a downloadable patient handoff policy and sample form.


The three-page policy includes a purpose statement, background information, characteristics of a high-quality handoff and the handoff procedures.


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The one-page sample form is used to verify and document the occurrence of five events, including communication of up-to-date information regarding the patient, a verification process and minimizing of interruptions during handoffs.


Download the Morehouse School handoff policy and form (pdf) for adaptation and use in your facility.


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