Handoff from Operating Room to Intensive Care Unit: Specific Pathways to Decrease Patient Adverse Events

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Abstract

Handoff of patients from the operating room to the intensive care unit is a complex process. It involves 2 teams of caregivers, the physical relocation of the patient and monitoring equipment, and tight time constraints. Research and quality projects have focused on checklists and protocols to standardize handoff processes and content. Interventions also include requiring all team members be present, a team leader identified, and prehandoff communication. Outcome evaluation is limited by lack of standardized outcomes to define a good handoff. Instead, handoff content is often used as a proxy. Studies with larger sample sizes using rigorous methods are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-345
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

Keywords

  • General surgery
  • Handoff surgery
  • Handover
  • Intensive care unit
  • Intensive care units
  • Postoperative
  • Transition of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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