Table 2

Description of the SBAR communication tool

Identify yourself (name, function). Do you have the information below available?


S

    Situation

Situation of the patient you are calling about:

• State name, department and room number of patient

• Give a short overview of the problem and state when you visited the patient


B

    Background

Relevant information about the background can include the following:

• Date of admission and admission diagnosis

• Date of surgery, wound status and information about drains

• Lab results and most recent vital signs. Is the patient using oxygen?

• Medication overview, allergies, IV fluids

• Other relevant clinical information

• Mental status of the patient (delirium?)

• Code status


A

    Assessment

What is your assessment of the situation of the patient?


R

    Recommendation

What is your recommendation for this situation, examples:

• Come and see the patient as soon as possible

• What actions should be taken when the situation changes?


Write down the comment of the physician in the patient record and changes in the condition of the patient.


Merten et al. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:59   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-59

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