Patient Safety Tool: CLINIC SAFE Handoffs Pocket Card

The Picker Institute offers a free pocket card developed by University of Chicago Medical Center researchers to guide safe end-of-year patient handoffs in an internal medicine residency clinic.

The CLINIC SAFE pocket card is part of a University of Chicago project called Engineering Patient Oriented Clinic Handoffs, or EPOCH. The goal is to make the year-end handoff process in an internal medicine residency clinic more patient-centered. The pocket card includes the following tips:

•    Clearly notify patients
•    Look over patient panels
•    Identify high risk patients
•    New PCP sign-out
•    Insist patients follow up
•    Call patients who miss visits
•    Study follow-up promptly
•    Assume care immediately and promote ownership
•    Find patients who fall through cracks
•    Encourage supervision

Download the CLINIC SAFE pocket card for use in your own facility.

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