Letter to the Editor  |   May 2013
Response From Dr. Singh-Radcliff
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  • Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D.
    Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Pomona, New Jersey
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Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   May 2013
Response From Dr. Singh-Radcliff
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 73.
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 73.
I applaud the letter from Drs. Tan and Helsten for opening up a discussion as well as introducing potential solutions to make intraoperative handovers safer.
We have several reasons to address this issue. First and foremost, as physicians, we must ensure that patient safety is never jeopardized by a lapse in communication. Second, anesthesiologists take care of patients who are typically sedated or unconscious and cannot advocate for themselves. Third, the 2006 Joint Commission patient safety goal requiring a standardized approach to handoff communication may specifically address intraoperative handovers down the road. Fourth, our surgical colleagues should feel confident that quality of care is not being compromised by breaks or shift changes.
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