ISBAR Communication Tool

The ISBAR Communication Tool can be used to handover patient care to a GP or other carer:

I

INTRODUCTION

Introduce yourself: your name and location, name of the resident.

S

SITUATION

What are the current concerns or reason for review?

B

BACKGROUND

What is the relevant medical history and co-morbidities?
Is the medical chart available for reference?

A

ASSESSMENT

Check all vital signs and have the observations ready for reference.
Note irregularities in the A-G Physical Assessment.

R

RECOMMENDATION

What do you think is happening?
What outcome do you want? (eg, GP review today? Rapid Response Team review?)

Handing over to a GP

Handing over to Response Team