An Observational Study of Postoperative Handover in Anesthetic Clinics; The Content of Verbal Information and Factors Influencing Receiver Memory

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Abstract

Purpose:

The aim was to examine the handover process in the postanesthesia care unit, how much the receiver remembered, and what factors influenced memory.

Design:

An observational study with a descriptive and correlational design.

Methods:

A total of 73 handovers were investigated, and data were collected using observation, audiotape recordings of the handovers, and the patient's anesthetic record.

Finding:

Interruptions occurred at 56 (77%) handovers and the sender expressed unclear information at 51 (70%) handovers. The mean of the verbally given information remembered by the receivers was 47%; the items mostly likely not to be remembered were the drugs used during anesthesia. A linear generalized estimating equation was used and identified variables that were significantly associated with receivers' retention of information were structure and handover duration.

Conclusion:

Lack of structure and long duration of the verbal handover decrease how much the receiver will remember.

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