The PRSB has published a standard for ambulance handover, to ensure that information can be transferred digitally to emergency departments from any ambulance and improve patient care and safety.
Fast, effective sharing of information is essential for emergency care. Once implemented, the standard for handover will improve continuity of care, as emergency care professionals will have the information they need available to them on a timely basis. It means that emergency care professionals will know what medications have been administered, diagnostic tests performed and whether the patient has any allergies as well as other important information.
The PRSB collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit on this project. Clinical leadership was provided by clinicians from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the College of Paramedics (CoP). The standard is currently in final draft form.