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Change-of-Shift Reporting Guidelines


Regardless if the shift report is handwritten or computerized, information accuracy, patient privacy, and report completion prior to shift rotation and before the nurse physically leaves the work station is mandated by various federal (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG)) and state guidelines. These guidelines address report requirements, format, timeliness, patient privacy, and general use.

Learning Objectives

- Review procedures and events to report.

- Compare computerized vs. handwritten reports.

- Learn what happens when errors are present.

- Learn how to comply with HIPAA.




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