Dusse, Fabian ORCID: 0000-0001-7762-6966, Puetz, Johanna, Boehmer, Andreas, Schieren, Mark, Joppich, Robin and Wappler, Frank (2021). Completeness of the operating room to intensive care unit handover: a matter of time? BMC Anesthesiol., 21 (1). LONDON: BMC. ISSN 1471-2253

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Background Handovers of post-anesthesia patients to the intensive care unit (ICU) are often unstructured and performed under time pressure. Hence, they bear a high risk of poor communication, loss of information and potential patient harm. The aim of this study was to investigate the completeness of information transfer and the quantity of information loss during post anesthesia handovers of critical care patients. Methods Using a self-developed checklist, including 55 peri-operative items, patient handovers from the operation room or post anesthesia care unit to the ICU staff were observed and documented in real time. Observations were analyzed for the amount of correct and completely transferred patient data in relation to the written documentation within the anesthesia record and the patient's chart. Results During a ten-week study period, 97 handovers were included. The mean duration of a handover was 146 seconds, interruptions occurred in 34% of all cases. While some items were transferred frequently (basic patient characteristics [72%], surgical procedure [83%], intraoperative complications [93.8%]) others were commonly missed (underlying diseases [23%], long-term medication [6%]). The completeness of information transfer is associated with the handover's duration [B coefficient (95% CI): 0.118 (0.084-0.152), p<0.001] and increases significantly in handovers exceeding a duration of 2 minutes (24% +/- 11.7 vs. 40% +/- 18.04, p<0.001). Conclusions Handover completeness is affected by time pressure, interruptions, and inappropriate surroundings, which increase the risk of information loss. To improve completeness and ensure patient safety, an adequate time span for handover, and the implementation of communication tools are required.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Dusse, FabianUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-7762-6966UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-572839
DOI: 10.1186/s12871-021-01247-3
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Anesthesiol.
Volume: 21
Number: 1
Date: 2021
Publisher: BMC
Place of Publication: LONDON
ISSN: 1471-2253
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
AnesthesiologyMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/57283


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