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SBAR Toolkit

Description of Toolkit

Evidence shows that the use of a structured communication tool known as SBAR can improve information exchange among health care team members and reduce the rate of adverse events. The Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation, or SBAR, Toolkit contains everything you need to implement SBAR in your health care organization. The Toolkit includes:

  • Toolkit Overview.
  • Toolkit User Guide.
  • SBAR Facilitation Guide.
  • SBAR Facilitation Slides.
  • Handout.
  • SBAR Quick Review.
  • Additional Resources.
  • Action Planning Guide.
  • Toolkit Evaluation Form.

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Description of Tools

SBAR Facilitation Guide

A guide with teaching points and exercises that can be used to facilitate a live session.

SBAR Facilitation Slides

A PowerPoint presentation that can be used in conjunction with the SBAR Facilitation Guide; it includes video clips and case study exercises.


A printed version of the SBAR Facilitation Slides with space for participant notes.

SBAR Quick Review

A one-page handout summarizing the topic.

Additional Resources

A list of additional resources and an accompanying folder that includes the article "SBAR: A Shared Mental Model for Improving Communication Between Clinicians," success stories, measurement tools, and a pocket card and poster that can be printed and laminated.

Action Planning Guide

Step-by-step instructions for implementing briefs and huddles and other TeamSTEPPSTeam Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is an evidence-based teamwork system designed to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare. TeamSTEPPS consists of a collection of instructions, materials and tools to help drive a successful teamwork initiative from the initial planning to implementation through to sustainment. The system is designed to improve patient safety using a three-phase approach: Phase I Assessment: Facility determines organizational readiness; Phase II Planning, Training & Implementation: Facility “decides what to do” and “makes it happen;” and Phase III Sustainment: Facility spreads the improvements in teamwork performance, clinical processes and outcomes resulting from the TeamSTEPPS initiative.TeamSTEPPS® tools within health care organizations.

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