An Observational Study of Postoperative Handover in Anesthetic Clinics: The Content of Verbal Information and Factors Influencing Receiver Memory
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Purpose The aim was to examine the handover process at the post-anaesthesia care unit, how much the receiver remembers and what factors influence memory.
Design An observational study with a descriptive and correlational design.
Methods Seventy-three handovers were investigated, and data were collected using observation, audio-tape recordings of the handovers and the patient´s anaesthetic 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 anaesthesia. A linear generalized estimating equation was used and identified variables that were significantly associated with in 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Communication, handover, memory, post-anaesthesia care unit
Nursing Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20672DiVA: diva2:874335
3rd International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN 2015), Sharing and Caring – Inspiring Global Connections, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-12 September 2015
ProjectsCommunication and Patient safety: transfer of information between healthcare personnel in Anaesthetic clinics