In 2006, The Joint Commission mandated that every hospital have a handoff plan because the transitions of care was identified as an “high risk” time in patient care. The OR to PICU handoffs involve changes in many categories: •Change in patient location •Change in equipment or movement of equipment •Information was needed to be shared •Portions of the care team were changing •Report needed to be multidisciplinary •Standardized report template was mandatory Goals: Our goal was to focus on the OR to PICU admission process to improve the efficiency of communication and handoff and to expedite early physical examination, and obtainment of laboratory and imaging studies.
Bagwell, Sandra, "Improving OR to PICU Handoffs for the Congenital Heart Surgical Program" (2020). MaineHealth Performance Improvement. 15.