ISBAR: a handover nursing strategy in emergency departments, scoping review

Veronica Chaica*, Rita Marques, Patrícia Pontífice-Sousa

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Abstract

The present work aims to map the available scientific evidence on the benefits of using the ISBAR tool in the nursing care of acutely ill adult patients’ handover in an emergency department context. To this end, a scoping review was conducted, according to the guidelines proposed by the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), to answer the following research question: “What are the benefits of using the ISBAR tool in the nursing care of acutely ill adult patients’ handover in an emergency department context?” The bibliographic search was carried out during August and September 2023 in the following electronic databases: CINAHL Complete; MEDLINE Complete; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; and Cochrane Methodology Register. Only works published between 2013 and 2023 were deemed fit for inclusion. All the included studies (9) show that ISBAR methodology, as a standardized tool for transferring nursing care in the emergency service, allows for a safe, clear, and concise transition of nursing care. The benefits relate to patient and professional safety, continuity, and quality of care, as well as patient and professional comfort, with health gains.

Original languageEnglish
Article number399
Number of pages11
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Emergency department
  • Handover
  • ISBAR
  • Nursing care

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