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Information Transfer During Postoperative Handovers in the Post-anaesthesia Care Unit

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 1, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 1, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Annika Milby, University of Witten/Herdecke

Brief Summary:

Anaesthesiology plays a key role in promoting safe perioperative care. This includes the perioperative phase in the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) where problems with incomplete information transfer may have a negative impact on patient safety and can lead to patient harm. The objective of this study is to analyse information transfer during postoperative handovers in the PACU.

With a self-developed checklist information transfer during postoperative handovers will be documented and subsequently compared with patient information in anaesthesia records.

Condition or disease
Information Transfer During Postoperative Handovers

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 790 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Quality of Postoperative Patient Handover in the Post-anaesthesia Care Unit: A Prospective Analysis
Study Start Date : October 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2011

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quantity of Information Loss during Postoperative Handovers in the PACU [ Time Frame: Two months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult patients who undergo surgery (general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmic surgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, thoracic surgery).

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients transferred to the PACU after surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 18 years
  • patients who have surgery under local anaesthesia or in standby
  • patients who are transferred to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) after surgery

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Krankenhaus Köln-Merheim, Departement of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 51109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Witten/Herdecke

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Responsible Party: Annika Milby, Postgraduate Student, University of Witten/Herdecke Identifier: NCT01973959     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 108/2011
108/2011 ( Other Identifier: Ethikkommision der Universität Witten Herdecke )
First Posted: November 1, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 1, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013