Journal Article

Multitasking during patient handover in the recovery room.

van Rensen ELJ, Groen EST, Numan SC, et al. Anesthesia and analgesia. 2012;115:1183-7.

This analysis of videotaped postoperative patient handoffs revealed that the majority of clinicians engaged in multitasking—handover of both equipment and clinical information—while transferring care. Such behavior violates the sterile cockpit concept and may be a source of error during handoffs.