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hand overnoun 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.