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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181ec1ac7
Medical Errors And Safety Systems

Handoffs and Communication: The Underappreciated Roles of Situational Awareness and Inattentional Blindness


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We are all “hard wired” to have limited ability to quickly and accurately communicate and work with each other. These limitations are especially acute in our urgent, stressful, and interruption-filled world. New views on these limitations include phenomena-like situational awareness and inattentional blindness. Development and testing of communication tools and interventions to improve communication and handoffs has undergone some research evaluation, but is mainly evidence-guided. Understanding human limitations in ability to communicate will help us create, test, and continually judge communication tools, especially automation and team training.

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