Challenges in the handover process of the new-born with congenital heart disease

Linda Hansson, Jonas Wrigstad, Anne Marie Wangel

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Introduction: A new-born with congenital heart disease requires care that involves numerous specialists. Such care can be provided at tertiary referral hospitals and transportation is often needed. A crucial factor is the handover process, when the child is born at a distance, with transfer of both professional responsibility and continued care from one healthcare professional to another. Aim: The aim of this study was to identify crucial factors for the receiving healthcare professionals that influence the handover process of the new-born with congenital heart disease. Method: A cross-sectional questionnaire study with 53 receiving healthcare professionals at a paediatric intensive care unit at a tertiary referral university hospital in Sweden. The response rate was 48/53. Numerical variables were computed and a content analysis was performed. Findings: The handover process of the new-born with heart disease transferred to a tertiary referral hospital is complicated. A clear majority of the respondents identified one or more flaws in this process. Crucial factors identified were: relevant and structured information, clear communication, adequate patient knowledge and an enabling environment. Conclusion: A standardised procedure in the different phases of the handover process could improve communication, the working situation for healthcare professionals and thereby increase patient safety.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102855
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Early online date2020 Apr 4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics

Free keywords

  • Communication
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Handover
  • New-born
  • Paediatric intensive care unit
  • Patient safety


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