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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Often overlooked problems with handoffs: from the intensive care unit to the operating room.

Evans AS, Yee M-S, Hogue CW. Anesthesia and analgesia. 2014;118:687-9.

Most studies examine handoffs from the operating room (OR) to the intensive care unit (ICU). However, this review identified potential safety concerns during transitions in the opposite direction—from ICU to OR—to highlight risks related to coordinating these patient transfers. The authors include a checklist to enhance the safety of such transitions.