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Table 2 Description of the SBAR communication tool

From: Patient safety in elderly hip fracture patients: design of a randomised controlled trial

  Identify yourself (name, function). Do you have the information below available?
S Situation
  Situation of the patient you are calling about:
  • State name, department and room number of patient
  • Give a short overview of the problem and state when you visited the patient
B Background
  Relevant information about the background can include the following:
  • Date of admission and admission diagnosis
  • Date of surgery, wound status and information about drains
  • Lab results and most recent vital signs. Is the patient using oxygen?
  • Medication overview, allergies, IV fluids
  • Other relevant clinical information
  • Mental status of the patient (delirium?)
  • Code status
A Assessment
  What is your assessment of the situation of the patient?
R Recommendation
  What is your recommendation for this situation, examples:
  • Come and see the patient as soon as possible
  • What actions should be taken when the situation changes?
  Write down the comment of the physician in the patient record and changes in the condition of the patient.