A Novel Process Audit for Standardized Perioperative Handoff Protocols

Vinay Pallekonda, Adam T. Scholl, George M. McKelvey, Hassan Amhaz, Deanna Essa, Spurthy Narreddy, Jens Tan, Mark Templonuevo, Sasha Ramirez, Michelle A. Petrovic

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A perioperative handoff protocol provides a standardized delivery of communication during a handoff that occurs from the operating room to the postanestheisa care unit or ICU. The protocol's success is dependent, in part, on its continued proper use over time. A novel process audit was developed to help ensure that a perioperative handoff protocol is used accurately and appropriately over time. The Audit Observation Form is used for the Audit Phase of the process audit, while the Audit Averages Form is used for the Data Analysis Phase. Employing minimal resources and using quantitative methods, the process audit provides the necessary means to evaluate the proper execution of any perioperative handoff protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-618
Number of pages8
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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