Hospital Administration and Medical Practices <p>Hospital Administration and Medical Practices (HAMP)is an international, open access, and peer-reviewed academic journal published by Spring Media Publishing, which focuses on the managing practice and research in all field of hospital management. It is published in an Open Volume model. Articles published by HMA will be accessed and downloaded at : <a href=""></a> without any limitation.</p> <p>The scope of the journal includes but are not limited to: Hospital administration; Hospital networks; Medical practices; Public health system; Healthcare communication; Healthcare quality and patient safety; Hospital logistics; Hospital design and construction; Hospital economics; Clinical ethics; Healthcare Facilities management; Health informatics; Healthcare economics; Healthcare research; Medical case management; Healthcare delivery systems; Hospital medicine; Health insurance; Health policy; Big data in healthcare; Electronic medical records; Patients data management; Nursing and health science; Community health nursing; Personal health record; Family medicine; Hospital culture building; Hospital accreditation and ranking; Clinical department management. Submission of articles are not limited to these topics. Articles from relevant and related disciplines will also be considered for publication in this journal. Various types of articles are welcome, including: Editorial, Original Article, Reviews, Case Study, Letters to Editor, etc.</p> Scholar Media Publishing en-US Hospital Administration and Medical Practices 2789-696X A tool to assess the components of a safe and quality medical handover <p><strong>Background</strong>: Robust medical handovers are paramount to ensure patient safety throughout the course of a hospital admission. Anecdotal evidence within our Australian tertiary hospital suggested that medical handovers were typically less structured when compared to allied health handovers. Medical handovers at our hospital had never been evaluated before, and the development of a questionnaire to assess the key components of a safe and quality handover was necessary. This tool would evaluate our medical handovers, and identify potential areas for improvement in both the tool, and medical handover practice. <strong>Methods</strong>: Based upon a literature search, and local and national guidelines of best practice, the tool was created around six key components of quality medical handovers—members involved in handover, environment and logistics, structure and content, management plans, patient-related and documentation. The tool was developed to audit the after-hours team handover at our 600-bed tertiary hospital. The tool was trialled at 20 medical handovers for our after-hours team, results were captured on REDCap, and data analyzed. <strong>Results</strong>: The tool was useful in assessing a wide range of key medical handover components and highlighting areas for improvement within our medical handovers. Through this trial, limitations were discovered in the tool that can be incorporated into future revisions of the tool. <strong>Conclusion</strong>: Overall, this study provided valuable insight into medical handovers by identifying current clinical practice and highlighting areas for improvement. The broader utility of this tool is the ability of other health services to evaluate their own medical handover, or serve as a starting point to develop their own audit tool.</p> Clara Forbes Joseph Yohan Jayamaha Emelyn Lee Copyright (c) 2024 Hospital Administration and Medical Practices 2024-02-22 2024-02-22 3 1 10.54844/hamp.2023.0038