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Do Structured Handovers and Checklists Improve Patient Outcomes?
Hospital environments and clinical care has become complex. Managing interfaces across different aspects of the health system is critical, for example patient flow across departments in a hospital. There has been a call for addressing these and other human factors in healthcare, but it is not clear what interventions are supported by data.

Dr. Saša Sopka, anesthesiologist and medical education researcher, and the Medical Director of AIXTRA – Aachen Interdisciplinary Competency Center for Training and Patient Safety (http://aixtra.rwth-aachen.de) – has been working to systematically review this topic.

During this presentation Dr. Sopka will review major problems in healthcare and human factors, explore solutions implemented in aviation and other related fields, and describe the published experience in healthcare highlighting several unexpected outcomes and examples. Two focus areas will be the Safe Surgery Checklist and IPASS for handovers.

The presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A where live audience can interact with the speaker.

Please prepare by reading these articles:
Starmer AJ, Spector ND, Srivastava R, West DC, Rosenbluth G, Allen AD, et al. Supplementary Appendix to Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014;371(19). Available from: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmsa1405556

Haynes AB, Weiser TG, Berry WR, Lipsitz SR, Breizat A-HS, Dellinger EP, et al. A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population. New England Journal of Medicine [Internet]. 2009 Jan 29 [cited 2020 Jun 27];360(5):491–9. Available from: http://www.nejm.org/doi/abs/10.1056/NEJMsa0810119

Oct 7, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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