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hand over

noun Hand-over or Handover. A term for the passing of one or more patients from the care of one doctor or nurse to another at the end of a shift or when the patient is to be transferred to another service. Proper hand-over of acutely unwell and at-risk patients to responsible persons on the next shift reduces error and deals with critical issues in a timely manner.

During hand-over, the responsible healthcare worker informs his/her counterpart of tests ordered, management issues and evolving or resolving problems.

verb Hand over. To transfer one or more patients from the care of one doctor or nurse to another at the end of a shift, or when the patient is to transferred to another service.
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The Colombian government issued a statement later on Monday vowing to suspend all air force activity in the affected areas during this week's planned hostage hand overs.
Tony Blair insisted before the vote that Sinn Fein could not sit in the government of Northern Ireland until the IRA had started to hand over weapons.
The demonstration will show an active host CPU leveraging the standard plug-and-play architecture of the Windows Driver Model to hand over management of the system's intelligent I/O boards to an already operational standby host CPU.