Key Components of Safer Sign Out

Each of the key components of Safer Sign Out is designed to decrease vulnerability and provide high reliability to the physician sign out process.

Initially developed for the emergency department setting, this process can be applied to other physician clinical areas.

The Key Components of Safer Sign Out




Patient, Critical Details, Follow-up Items

Use a recordable form to serve as a checklist & communication tool



SSO Form & Computer/Chart data

Establish the time & space for both clinicians to Jointly Review the form items and computer data


Round Together

See the Patient/Family & Assure a Plan

Critical communication step, opportunity to check status & a patient satisfier


Relay to the Team

Confirm the Plan with the Nurse/Team

Another critical step – strengthens team communication and helps assure a mutual understanding


Receive Feedback

Use SSO Form for Clinical Follow-up & Process QA

Assure success – provides a tool to help inform, educate and measure