• By Dana Sparks

Improving Shift Changes Improves Patient Care

April 25, 2012

JOURNALISTS: Mayo Clinic is presenting several abstracts at the American Academy of Neurology 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Mayo experts are available for comment.  Contact: Brian Kilen 507-284-5005 (days) 507-284-2511 (evenings) [email protected].

"This study is particularly timely now, when residency programs are adjusting to new duty-hour restrictions established in 2010," says lead author Brian Moseley, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurology resident and Assistant Professor of Neurology.   In the study, junior residents in Mayo Clinic's General Neurology, Stroke and Neurologic Intensive Care Units spent the first half of their rotations using unstructured sign-out approaches and then transitioned to a structured system for the second half. The residents reported that the standardized sign-out improved communication substantially, including information on important medical history, pending lab tests, recommendations on how to handle nursing and pharmacy calls, and up-to-date code status.  

Soundbites with Dr. Moseley are available in the downloads above.
Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Brian Moseley, Mayo Clinic Neurology Resident

Click here for entire news release highlighting four Mayo Clinic studies being presented this week at AAN on dementia, body cooling, stroke and resident shift changes.  

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