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The Patient Handoff: Medicine’s Formula One Moment

William Dunn, MD, FCCP; Joseph G. Murphy, MD, FCCP
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Rochester, MN

Correspondence to: William Dunn, MD, FCCP, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905; e-mail: dunn.william@mayo.edu


Chest. 2008;134(1):9-12. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0998
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Racing car pit crews are the best “handoff” experts in the world. They must be, as errors or delays cost driver lives or racing victories. Medicine, especially when practiced in an intensive care environment, is replete with clinical handoffs and the potential for medical communication error.

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