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 (hănd′ôf′, -ŏf′)
1. Football The act or an instance of handing the ball to a teammate during a play.
2. Sports The act or an instance of handing a baton to a teammate in a relay race.
3. The act or an instance of passing something or the control of it from one person or agency to another: a handoff of the aircraft from one control tower to another.
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Noun1.handoff - (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammatehandoff - (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
football play - (American football) a play by the offensive team
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An estimated 80% of the most serious medical errors can be linked to communication failures, particularly during patient handoffs.
Despite their purpose of providing necessary information for delivery of safe patient care, patient handoffs appear to be prone to errors related to frequent communication barriers (Mardis et al.
Effective patient handoffs are essential for maintaining patient safety to avoid errors related to poor information exchange.
In Long Term Evolution- Advanced (LTE-A) networks, the handoffs are classified into two main streams.
Modeling and Analysis for Spectrum Handoffs in Cognitive Radio Networks.
The system consists of standardized communication and handoff training, a verbal handoff process centered around the mnemonic I-PASS (illness severity, patient summary, action list, situational awareness and contingency planning, and synthesis by receiver), computerized handoff tools to share patient information between providers using the I-PASS structure, engagement of supervising physicians to oversee handoffs, and a campaign promoting the adoption of I-PASS.
In the single-center study comparing patient handoffs during the 3-month period before the intervention was implemented against the 3-month period afterward, the rate of medical errors dropped by 46%, from 33.
The pediatric Emergency Department (ED) team at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) explored the possibility of partnering with patients and families during clinical handoffs in response to satisfaction survey data collected, as well as a need to standardize the handoff process.
2) Poorly performed handoffs generate medical errors, increase the length of hospital stays, elevate costs, and cause patient harm.