Patient Safety Tool: SBAR Handoff Tool

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a free, downloadable communication tool designed to aid in safe patient hand-offs.

The SBAR hand-off communication tool reminds care givers to follow these four steps:

•    Situation
•    Background
•    Assessment
•    Recommendations

This document also outlines AACN standards for health work environments, including skilled communications, collaboration, appropriate staffing, effective decision making, meaningful recognition and leadership.

Download the SBAR hand-off communication tool (PDF) for use in your facility.

Note: View our database providing reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in hospitals, surgery centers and other organizations by clicking here.

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