Features  |   May 2014
Anesthesia Handovers: Why Are They So Complicated?
Author Affiliations
  • Della M. Lin, M.D., M.S.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
  • Charles J. Chase, D.O.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Education
  • Matthias J. Merkel, M.D., Ph.D.
    Committee on Patient Safety and Educations
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Patient Safety / Features
Features   |   May 2014
Anesthesia Handovers: Why Are They So Complicated?
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 24-27.
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 24-27.
It happens to us every day…
“I took over this case about 30 minutes ago. We’ll be done in 10. Intraoperative sign-out was straightforward: 76-year-old male with known CAD for open prostatectomy, NIDDM, CKD, easy airway & lines, 3 L crystalloids, 1L EBL, 150 ml of urine prior to clampingI look at the EKG: ST depression in II and V5 lead – is that new? How did it look when I took over? HR 85; BP stable. Hmmlet’s see if there’s a printout of the EKG strip prior to induction – negative; I’ll give some esmolol and order an EKG for the PACU – smooth emergence, vitals unchanged, patient appears comfortable, off to PACU.
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