ICU patient handoffs/transfers

A review of the evidence

0.75 CPD Points, 0.75 CEUs, 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Dr Meghan Lane Fall help_outline
Founding Co-director of the Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation and Assistant Professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania
Lecture Summary

Perioperative handoffs, also known as handovers or signouts, are patient care transitions between clinicians or teams. They represent breaks in the continuity of care that have ability to introduce error, increasing the risk of adverse patient outcomes. Handoffs can be improved through standardization, which makes information transfer more reliable by scripting the interactions between care team members. Standardizing perioperative handoffs from the operating room (OR) to the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with improved handoff quality and patient outcomes, but changing clinician behavior is not always straightforward. In this talk, Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall describes the potential risks associated with OR to ICU handoffs, proven strategies for improving them, and the use of implementation science to promote the uptake of standardized handoffs.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Critical Care Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the evidence relating perioperative handoffs to patient outcomes
  • Describe the use of implementation science to address use of evidence-based handoff approaches in perioperative care
  • List three barriers to the adoption and use of structured postoperative handoffs
Additional Time Zones
  • Chicago: 23/11/2021 at 07:00
  • London: 23/11/2021 at 13:00
  • Sydney: 24/11/2021 at 00:00
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023


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Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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