Journal Article

The effect of a checklist on the quality of patient handover from the operating room to the intensive care unit: a randomized controlled trial.

Salzwedel C; Mai V; Punke MA; Kluge S; Reuter DA.

Communication failures are a well-characterized source of errors in health care. In this prospective, randomized trial at an academic medical center, introducing a checklist for patient handoffs between the operating room and the intensive care unit resulted in better information exchange between teams.