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A handoff protocol from the cardiovascular operating room to cardiac ICU is associated with improvements in care beyond the immediate postoperative period.
Kaufman J, Twite M, Barrett C, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013;39:306-311.
A standardized handoff protocol for cardiac surgery patients between the operating room and intensive care unit led to decreases in unplanned extubations and the amount of time spent on ventilators.