485 - STANDARDIZED PATIENT HANDOVER PROTOCOL FOR TRANSPORTING PATIENTS FROM CARDIO-SURGICAL TO PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Standardized patient transportation and transfer is a dynamic, quick-acting process, nevertheless crucial for clinical decision-making, and safe for high-quality and continuous care. Mobilizing and structuring this phase contributes to successful communication among medical professionals by improving transmission of an accurate information that is significantly important for patient safety and continuous health care.
To create and implement a high-quality working instrument to improve and standardize patient transfer process from cardio-surgical operating room to intensive care unit in Childrens Clinical University Hospital in Latvia, as well as evaluate performance and effectiveness of developed handover protocol.
Qualitative study method, development and analysis of standardized handover protocol.
Standardized handover protocol for more efficient patient transporting from cardio-surgical operating theater to pediatric intensive care unit was developed and integrated in patient transportation process. The introduction of handover protocol provides a single document that includes both short-term and long-term care, treatment goals for cardiovascular patients. A survey among medical professionals has been conducted to assess protocol effectiveness and validate its implementation.
The introduction of the protocol is a new and unusual practice in PICU Latvia. In order to implement this and improve the transfer process in children's hospital, significant changes are needed in the culture and organisation of all doctors, nurses, including the establishment and adaptation of the protocol itself. Completion of the normal transformation and standardisation of the transfer process, understanding and education of the new process.