Associations between early handoffs, length of stay and complications in internal medicine wards: A retrospective study

Published: 13 July 2019
Author(s): Christophe Fehlmann, Martine Louis Simonet, Jean-Luc Reny, Jérôme Stirnemann, Katherine Blondon
Issue: July 2019
Section: Original article

In US healthcare system, handoffs are associated with an increase in medical error and in hospital length of stay. In non-US healthcare systems, this phenomenon has not been well studied. We studied the association between early handoffs (EH) in a non-US internal medicine ward with length of stay (LOS), use of resources, major complication (MC) and discharge to post-acute care (PAC) facility.