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

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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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