SBAR – quick report format – situation, background, assessment, recommendation

 

sbar-submarine

In a nutshell :

SBAR – quick / rapid report handoff format adopted by hospitals.

why the submarine pic ?  SBAR format was initially designed by submarine personnel.

The long winded version :

(in a submarine : deep, deep underwater with limited oxygen supply and tons of crushing pressure all around, there is not time for lengthy speeches – its more like “you have 2 seconds to tell me what’s wrong and how you would fix it”.

 

I was told a long time ago, by my supervisor back then, “don’t come to me with just a problem … have a suggested solution as well”.  I have always liked that management style and give her credit for introducing me to that notion.

 

The third point, always know the history of anything and everything (in this case : SBAR came from the military).

We should treat a patient in crisis just like we were having a crisis in a submarine :

tell me the problem.

give me relevant background quickly.

tell me why you think the problem happened.

tell me how you would fix it.

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