A Structured Transfer of Care Process Reduces Perioperative Complications in Cardiac Surgery Patients

Hall, M. et al. Anesthesia & Analgesia |Published online: 11 May 2017

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Introduction: Serious complications are common during the intensive care of postoperative cardiac surgery patients. Some of these complications may be influenced by communication during the process of handover of care from the operating room to the intensive care unit (ICU) team. A structured transfer of care process may reduce the rate of communication errors and perioperative complications.

Discussion: The main finding of this investigation is that the introduction of a collaborative, comprehensive transfer of care process from the operating room to the ICU was associated with patients suffering fewer preventable complications.

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