Improving the Effectiveness of Communication Among Caregivers
The opportunity for effective, interactive communication is essential to support the exchange of accurate and relevant patient information. SBAR is a structured, organized method of communication between nurses and physicians.
The four elements of SBAR are:
- Situation: What is happening with the patient right now
- Background: Important medical history to help identify the patient situation
- Assessment: Clinical data to support the concern, labs or physical changes
- Recommendation: Suggestions or desired orders to meet the patient’s immediate needs