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Optimizing the Post-Operative Patient Transition From Anesthesia to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit: A Handoff Improvement Initiative

Shabalov, Katherina (2020) Optimizing the Post-Operative Patient Transition From Anesthesia to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit: A Handoff Improvement Initiative. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Patient handoffs from the operating room to the intensive care unit are critical moments in time where inefficiency and lapses in communication put patient safety at risk. Taken as a whole, this project explores the development of a standardized handoff process from the operating room to the cardiothoracic intensive care unit and its subsequent impact on provider perceptions of handoff process, culture, and overall quality. This essay focuses on the pre-survey results and process redesign, which was led by a multi-professional work group with representatives from Nursing, Anesthesia, and Administration. Pre-survey results demonstrate widespread discontent with the current handoff process, culture, and overall quality, and it is hypothesized that the development of the standardized handoff approach will lead to increases in provider perceptions of handoffs across a large number of measures. Ultimately, preventable medical errors are a significant public health concern and initiatives, like the one explored in this essay, that address a cause of preventable medical errors, have the potential to impact public health more broadly.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Shabalov, Katherinakas497@pitt.edukas497
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoberts, Markmroberts@pitt.edumrobertsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberGuttendorf, Janeguttendorfj@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMcLaughlin, Amymclaughlina@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 22 April 2020
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality improvement; handoffs
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 01 May 2022 05:15


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