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July 21, 2021

Systematic review of intraoperative anesthesia handoffs and handoff tools.

Abraham J, Pfeifer E, Doering M, et al. Systematic review of intraoperative anesthesia handoffs and handoff tools. Anesth Analg. 2021;132(6):1563-1575. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000005367.

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Abraham J, Pfeifer E, Doering M, et al. Anesth Analg. 2021;132(6):1563-1575.

Intraoperative handoffs between anesthesiologists are frequently necessary but are not without risk. This systematic review of 14 studies of intraoperative handoffs and handoff tools found that use of handoff tools has a positive impact on patient safety. Additional research is needed around design and implementation of tools, particularly the use of electronic health records to record handoffs.  

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Abraham J, Pfeifer E, Doering M, et al. Systematic review of intraoperative anesthesia handoffs and handoff tools. Anesth Analg. 2021;132(6):1563-1575. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000005367.