PS 104 Lesson 3: Safety During Transitions Across the Continuum of Care
Transitions in health care — that is, when responsibility for a patient is transferred between providers and/or locations — are inherently risky times. There are numerous challenges to overcome to ensure a seamless flow of information among providers and across settings. This lesson will review some of the most common problems associated with miscommunication during transitions and how to prevent them.
Estimated Time of Completion: 25 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Describe the main safety risks during transitions of care, in inpatient and outpatient settings.
2. Describe interventions to improve patient safety and reduce risk during times of transition.
3. Discuss opportunities to engage patients in improving the safety of their own care.
Contributors
Author(s):
Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, Chief Cinical & Safety Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Editor(s):
Laura Fink, Director, Editorial and Online Learning, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Reviewer(s):
Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, RN, MPH, CPPS, Head of NA, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.