Activity ID



February 13, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)

Description of CME Course

The ED is an error-prone environment, and is perhaps the most handoff-intense setting in all of healthcare. While sign-out is a point where error may be introduced, it is also a point where error may be caught and corrected. Standardized handoff procedures are used in other high risk industries and have been shown to reduce adverse events, but little research has been done on handoffs in the ED, and few EDs have adopted a standardized handoff procedure. This monograph will review and offer an assessment of what can be learned from the most current studies, resources and tools specific to this procedure and setting.

Diplomate Engagement

Correct answers to the post-test; comparative performance to peers; recommended literature or other resources (presentations, audio/video, checklists, etc.); post-activity follow up.

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Educational Objectives

To describe the evidence linking inadequate handoffs in the ED to adverse events.
To describe the evidence linking standardized ED handoffs to improved outcomes.
To describe the limitations and barriers to implementing a standardized ED handoff procedure.
To identify and access a handoff tool or template appropriate for your practice setting.


ED Sign-out, ED Handoff, Safer Sign-outs, Inadequate Handoff Communication, Adverse Events and Handoffs, ED Rounding and Handoffs, Handoff Tools, Improving ED Handoffs


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Communication Skills, Patient Safety/Medical Errors, Quality Improvement, Interprofessional

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