Letters Shifts and handovers

EWTD not responsible for near misses

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5318 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5318
  1. Alasdair I Moonie, acute physician1
  1. 1York Hospital, York, UK
  1. allymoonie{at}hotmail.com

    In a two month period, 73 admissions after 5 pm were included in the Blackburn urology out of hours admissions audit.1 It is disappointing that such small numbers of patients were not handed over adequately, leading to near misses.

    Surely the threat to patient safety is a consequence of poor handover, poor tracking of out of hours admissions, and lack of senior input at night (on-site or by phone), rather than the shift system as the authors suggest.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5318


    • Competing interests: None declared.


    View Abstract

    Sign in

    Log in through your institution

    Free trial

    Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
    Sign up for a free trial