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Handoffs serve many functions, from social bonding, to coaching and teaching, to team building, but the most important function of handoffs is information processing: making sure that essential data are transferred for patient safety. Substandard or variable handoffs have contributed to errors, care omissions, treatment delays, inefficiencies from repeated work, inappropriate treatment,...

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