Simple Tool Stops the Hidden Danger in Every Emergency Room Visit

LifeWings and the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) team up to provide a standardized patient handoff tool for Emergency Medicine Physicians.

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LifeWings incorporates Safer Sign Out from the EMPSF into their patients safety training modules.

We are committed to getting SSO implemented across the country and are offering free implementation training.

Collierville, TN (PRWEB) October 21, 2013

More than half of emergency medicine physicians said their emergency department does not have a standardized handoff process, according to a study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. The 2011 survey of 147 emergency medicine residency program leaders revealed:

  •      56.6 percent of respondents said their ED does not use a standardized handoff protocol.
  •      Of the respondents that have a standardized protocol, 58.8 percent do not use it regularly.
  •      Only 12.5 percent of emergency medicine residency programs offer residents training in handoffs.
Given the lack of training and emphasis, handoffs have become one of the most dangerous times during medical care in the ER. To address this patient safety threat, LifeWings has joined forces with EMPSF to offer a mistake-stopping tool called SSO (Safer Sign Out). The tool was created by an emergency medicine physician and extensively tested in multiple emergency rooms. The tool provides ER staff with easy and time efficient comprehensive patient handoffs.

Pilot studies have shown that emergency departments using this tool have:

  • Higher Physician Satisfaction
  • Lower Reported Serious Harm
  • Better ER Nurse/Team-Communication
  • Fewer Delays in Care
  • Fewer Lapses in Care
The SSO tool and all implementation training materials and videos are available at no charge from the EMPSF at this link:

"We believe in this tool so much that LifeWings has an incredible offer to hospitals interested in SSO. We are committed to getting SSO implemented across the country and are offering free implementation training," says, Steve Harden, CEO of LIfeWings.

Click this link for offer details:

About LifeWings:
LifeWings Partners creates documented, sustainable improvements in cost reduction, efficiency, reliability, safety, and quality by combining the best of Lean and TeamSTEPPS. LifeWings has improved the financial bottom line and patient safety record of over 140 hospitals worldwide. The LifeWings coaching cadre of pilots, astronauts, physicians, nurses and Toyota-trained Lean experts train more than 13,000 administrators, physicians and staff per year. Measurable results are guaranteed in all LifeWings’ initiatives. Documented return on investment typically exceeds 300%. To find out more, please visit or or follow us on Twitter @LifeWingsLLC.


  • Stephen Harden
    Lifewings Partners, LLC
  • Angela Myers
    LifeWings Partners, LLC