i-DRAW Interactive Handoff Communication

  • Handoff: is the process of transferring professional responsibility and accountability for some or all aspects of care for a patient, or group of patients, to another person or group on a temporary or permanent basis.
  • Communication: The process by which information is exchange between individuals, groups, and organizations. In order to be effective, communication should be complete, clear, concise, and timely.

i-Draw: The tool to facilitate communication during handoff. The acronym presents:
I      Patient Identification ( 2 Identifiers)
D     Diagnosis
R     Relevant Past History/Recent Changes
A     Anticipated Changes
W    Watch out for…follow up and task/ What to do…plan


  1. To support patient safety, staff and physicians share information about a patients care in a consistent manner.
  2. To define a standardized method which facilitates the effective and efficient communication of appropriate patient information between physicians involved with the care of the patient.

Pharmacist interested in improving the health outcome for every single case he meets.

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