The first cohort of IIPE projects from 2009 are beginning to realize some early successes. We bring you this article in the spirit of sharing what works and what doesn't. The lesson about the importance of context is critical in adopting and adapting innovations to your own learning environment.

—Carol Carraccio, MD, MA

Section Editor

New duty hours standards have increased the frequency of transitions in care or handoffs for resident physicians. Because miscommunications are a leading cause of adverse events in hospitals, optimizing the handoff process is essential for patient safety. The I-PASS Study aims to determine the effectiveness of implementing a “resident handoff bundle” to standardize inpatient transitions in care and decrease medical errors in 10 pediatric institutions. The resident handoff bundle includes 3 major elements: team training by using focused TeamSTEPPS communication strategies, implementation of a standardized template for the written or printed computerized handoff...

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