Lightning Learning: SBAR

Lightning Learning: SBAR

“SBAR: Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation”
— advice is based on local guidelines & procedures



Situation: (WWW.Y)

  • Who you are

  • Where you are calling from

  • Who you are speaking about

  • WhY you are calling


  • Age, Gender, PC, PMH


  • Diagnosis/ Problem List

  • Interventions


  • Review, Admit, Discharge?

  • Don’t forget the time frame

  • Outstanding issues



Handover or transfer of care is a vulnerable time where errors can happen. Using a standardised approach/tool can help to limit this.

SBAR is the tool that has been adopted in our trust.

The use of such tools is increasingly prevalent in healthcare and has been adapted from their original use in the military and the aviation industry.

Their use keeps our patients SAFE!

Further Reading

#SimBlog: Lateral Thinking

#SimBlog: Lateral Thinking

PEST Case 5: Patient Experience

PEST Case 5: Patient Experience