Surgical Suite to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Handover Protocol: Implementation Process and Long-term Sustainability

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The article reports the long-term sustainability of a standardized transfer protocol from cardiac surgical suite to the pediatric intensive care unit. Using rapid process improvement technique, the original mean defect rate per handover decreased from 13.2 to 0 and 0.3, 12, and 24 months postimplementation, respectively. This study stresses the importance of long-term assessment to control for possible observation biases; it also illustrates a successful implementation strategy that used video recording to engage staff in identifying solutions to the observed defects.

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