This website provides a broad range of resources relating to the effective use of emergency manuals to enhance patient safety. Emergency manuals are increasingly being used in a wide range of clinical settings, along with other forms of ‘cognitive aid’ such as checklists.
“SBAR”, an acronym that stands for Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation, is one of the most widely used communication tools in patient safety. It can be particularly helpful for structuring communication around patient handovers and in any situation where clear, concise communication is critical.
This toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians focuses on handover by looking at the current problems often experienced, and setting out recommendations for improved, standardised handover protocols.
Clinical handover is defined as the transfer of professional responsibility and accountability for patient care, and is supported by effective and timely communication.
This guide explains how to introduce and use SBAR, a widespread and valuable communication tool. SBAR stands for Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation, and is a formula for effective, concise and clear communication.
Safety briefings help to establish patient safety as a regular topic of conversation and consideration within healthcare organisations. This toolkit provides guidance and training on how to introduce effective safety briefings into routine activities.