Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Veronica Wilbur, Ph.D, APRN-FNP, CNE, FAANP
Sara Holland, DNP, RN
Megan Mraz, PhD
This quality improvement project was implemented to assess the impact a standardized handoff tool has on transfer times from the Emergency Department (ED) to the Observation Unit (OU). Literature has shown that the longer a patient is in the incorrect level of care; they are at increased risk of poor outcomes. The use of a standardized handoff tool has a positive impact on patient outcomes. The electronic Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (eSBAR) Tool was implemented to assess the impact on transfer times from the ED to the OU. Data was collected for six weeks’ pre-implementation and 11-weeks post-implementation to determine the impact of handoff standardization. The implementation of the eSBAR tool did not have a statically significant impact on transfer times from the ED to the OU.
Fosbenner, Lorie, "The Impact of An Electronic Handoff Tool on Transfer Times from the Emergency Department to the Observation Unit" (2023). West Chester University Doctoral Projects. 201.