October 2017 APSF Newsletter, The Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Articles:

Handoff Communication: An APSF Safety Initiative and Perioperative Provider Concern

All Handoffs Are Not the Same: What Perioperative Handoffs Do We Participate in and
How Are They Different?

Simulation-Based Evaluation Among Board-Certified Anesthesiologists
Managing Adverse Events

Tranexamic Acid in Obstetric Hemorrhage

The Evidence Base for Optimal Conduct of Handoffs

Distractions in the Anesthesia Work Environment: Impact on Patient Safety? Report of a
Meeting Sponsored by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Q&A: Should Transdermal Drug Patches Containing Metal Be Removed During Procedures Using Electrocautery Because of the Risk of a Burn Injury?

Multicenter Handoff Collaborative

Q&A: Low Flow and CO2 Absorbents

Essential Elements for Successful Implementation of an Intraoperative Handoff
Communication Tool

New Ways Explored To Promote Emergency Manual Simulation Training In China

Letters to the Editor:

How Standardization Can Improve OR Efficiency, Clinical Outcomes and Patient Safety

Announcements:

ASA/APSF Ellison C. Pierce Jr., MD, Patient Safety Memorial Lecture: Anesthesia Patient Safety:
Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality

Deadline for Letter of Intent for APSF Grant Applications

ASA/APSF Featured Session: Assessing and Analyzing the Perceptions of Perioperative Professionals On Neuromuscular Blockade Monitoring and Residual Neuromuscular Blockade

ASA/APSF Featured Session: Postoperative Infections: Can the Anesthesia Provider Be at Fault?

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—Featured Article—

Handoff Communication: An APSF Safety Initiative and Perioperative Provider Concern

The substantial number of preventable deaths and other adverse events associated with health care are now widely recognized.1,2 Handoffs (also called handovers), or transfers in care responsibilities of various types, are among the most important contributors to these outcomes that we must strive to improve. [more]

 

All Handoffs Are Not the Same:
What Perioperative Handoffs Do We Participate in and How Are They Different?

Handoffs, in the most concise description, are an exchange of responsibility for one or more patients from one provider to another. Handoffs are “conversations rather than reports”1 and typically consist of four phases—preparation (by both parties), patient arrival in the new location, the actual handoff (e.g., RN-MD interaction), and post-handoff management by the receiving clinician.2 [more]


ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASA/APSF FEATURED SESSIONS

At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Saturday, October 21, 2017


Assessing and Analyzing the Perceptions of Perioperative Professionals On Neuromuscular Blockade Monitoring and Residual Neuromuscular Blockade


Sorin J. Brull, MD

Boston Convention
Center
(Room 210C)
8:00 – 9:00 AM

Postoperative Infections: Can the Anesthesia Provider Be at Fault?


Co-moderators: David J. Birnbach, MD and Richard C. Prielipp, MD

Boston Convention
Center
(Room 259 A/B)
2:10 – 4:20 PM

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APSF NEWSLETTER

The Official Journal of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

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The opinions expressed in this Newsletter are not necessarily those of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. The APSF neither writes nor promulgates standards, and the opinions expressed herein should not be construed to constitute practice standards or practice parameters. Validity of opinions presented, drug dosages, accuracy, and completeness of content are not guaranteed by the APSF.

APSF Executive Committee:
Mark A. Warner, President; Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, Executive Vice President; George A. Schapiro, Executive Vice President; Steven R. Sanford, JD, Vice President; Matthew B. Weinger, Secretary; Casey D. Blitt, MD, Treasurer; Douglas A. Bartlett; David J. Birnbach, MD; Robert A. Caplan, MD; Daniel J. Cole, MD; David M. Gaba, MD; Steven B. Greenberg, MD; Steven K. Howard, MD; Lorri A. Lee, MD; A. William Paulsen, PhD, AA-C, Richard C. Prielipp, MD; Maria van Pelt, CRNA, PhD. Consultants to the Executive Committee: John H. Eichhorn, MD; Bruce P. Hallbert, PhD; Marjorie P. Stiegler, MD.

Newsletter Editorial Board:

Lorri A. Lee, MD, Co-Editor; Steven B. Greenberg, MD, Co-Editor; Edward Bittner, MD, PhD, Associate Editor; Sorin J. Brull, MD; Joan M. Christie, MD; Jan Ehrenwerth, MD; John H. Eichhorn, MD; Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD; Tricia Meyer, PharmD; Glenn S. Murphy, MD; Wilson Somerville, PhD; Jeffrey Vender, MD..

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