Journal Article

Intraoperative handoffs among anesthesia providers increase the incidence of documentation errors for controlled drugs.

Epstein RH, Dexter F, Gratch DM, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2017;43:396-402.

Prior research has shown that handoff practices between anesthesiologists in the operating room may be inadequate. Investigators found that handoffs among anesthesia providers that involved a permanent transfer of patient care during an operating room case led to an increased risk of controlled medication discrepancies between what was documented by the anesthesiologists and recorded in pharmacy transaction data.