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Implementing situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an anaesthetic clinic and subsequent information retention among receivers: A prospective interventional study of postoperative handovers.
Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2016 Mar; 33(3):172-8.EJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Communication errors cause clinical incidents and adverse events in relation to surgery. To ensure proper postoperative patient care, it is essential that personnel remember and recall information given during the handover from the operating theatre to the postanaesthesia care unit. Formalizing the handover may improve communication and aid memory, but research in this area is lacking.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether implementing the communication tool Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) affects receivers' information retention after postoperative handover.

DESIGN

A prospective intervention study with an intervention group and comparison nonintervention group, with assessments before and after the intervention.

SETTING

The postanaesthesia care units of two hospitals in Sweden during 2011 and 2012.

PARTICIPANTS

Staff involved in the handover between the operating theatre and the postanaesthesia care units within each hospital.

INTERVENTION

Implementation of the communication tool SBAR in one hospital.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

The main outcome was the percentage of recalled information sequences among receivers after the handover. Data were collected using both audio-recordings and observations recorded on a study-specific protocol form.

RESULTS

Preintervention, 73 handovers were observed (intervention group, n = 40; comparison group, n = 33) involving 72 personnel (intervention group, n = 40; comparison group, n = 32). Postintervention, 91 handovers were observed (intervention group, n = 44; comparison group, n = 47) involving 57 personnel (intervention group, n = 31; comparison group, n = 26). In the intervention group, the percentage of recalled information sequences by the receivers increased from 43.4% preintervention to 52.6% postintervention (P = 0.004) and the SBAR structure improved significantly (P = 0.028). In the comparison group, the corresponding figures were 51.3 and 52.6% (P = 0.725) with no difference in SBAR structure. When a linear regression generalised estimating equation model was used to account for confounding influences, we were unable to show a significant difference in the information recalled between the intervention group and the nonintervention group over time.

CONCLUSION

Compared with the comparison group with no intervention, when SBAR was implemented in an anaesthetic clinic, we were unable to show any improvement in recalled information among receivers following postoperative handover.

TRIAL REGISTRATION

Current controlled trials http://www.controlled-trials.com Identifier: ISRCTN37251313.

Authors+Show Affiliations

From the Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle (MR, GM, HH, ME), Centre for Research and Development, Uppsala University/County Council of Gävleborg, Gävle (MR), and Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (MR, CLS, GM, ME).No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Controlled Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26760400

Citation

Randmaa, Maria, et al. "Implementing Situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an Anaesthetic Clinic and Subsequent Information Retention Among Receivers: a Prospective Interventional Study of Postoperative Handovers." European Journal of Anaesthesiology, vol. 33, no. 3, 2016, pp. 172-8.
Randmaa M, Swenne CL, Mårtensson G, et al. Implementing situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an anaesthetic clinic and subsequent information retention among receivers: A prospective interventional study of postoperative handovers. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2016;33(3):172-8.
Randmaa, M., Swenne, C. L., Mårtensson, G., Högberg, H., & Engström, M. (2016). Implementing situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an anaesthetic clinic and subsequent information retention among receivers: A prospective interventional study of postoperative handovers. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 33(3), 172-8. https://doi.org/10.1097/EJA.0000000000000335
Randmaa M, et al. Implementing Situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an Anaesthetic Clinic and Subsequent Information Retention Among Receivers: a Prospective Interventional Study of Postoperative Handovers. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2016;33(3):172-8. PubMed PMID: 26760400.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Implementing situation-background-assessment-recommendation in an anaesthetic clinic and subsequent information retention among receivers: A prospective interventional study of postoperative handovers. AU - Randmaa,Maria, AU - Swenne,Christine L, AU - Mårtensson,Gunilla, AU - Högberg,Hans, AU - Engström,Maria, PY - 2016/1/14/entrez PY - 2016/1/14/pubmed PY - 2016/11/12/medline SP - 172 EP - 8 JF - European journal of anaesthesiology JO - Eur J Anaesthesiol VL - 33 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: Communication errors cause clinical incidents and adverse events in relation to surgery. To ensure proper postoperative patient care, it is essential that personnel remember and recall information given during the handover from the operating theatre to the postanaesthesia care unit. Formalizing the handover may improve communication and aid memory, but research in this area is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate whether implementing the communication tool Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) affects receivers' information retention after postoperative handover. DESIGN: A prospective intervention study with an intervention group and comparison nonintervention group, with assessments before and after the intervention. SETTING: The postanaesthesia care units of two hospitals in Sweden during 2011 and 2012. PARTICIPANTS: Staff involved in the handover between the operating theatre and the postanaesthesia care units within each hospital. INTERVENTION: Implementation of the communication tool SBAR in one hospital. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The main outcome was the percentage of recalled information sequences among receivers after the handover. Data were collected using both audio-recordings and observations recorded on a study-specific protocol form. RESULTS: Preintervention, 73 handovers were observed (intervention group, n = 40; comparison group, n = 33) involving 72 personnel (intervention group, n = 40; comparison group, n = 32). Postintervention, 91 handovers were observed (intervention group, n = 44; comparison group, n = 47) involving 57 personnel (intervention group, n = 31; comparison group, n = 26). In the intervention group, the percentage of recalled information sequences by the receivers increased from 43.4% preintervention to 52.6% postintervention (P = 0.004) and the SBAR structure improved significantly (P = 0.028). In the comparison group, the corresponding figures were 51.3 and 52.6% (P = 0.725) with no difference in SBAR structure. When a linear regression generalised estimating equation model was used to account for confounding influences, we were unable to show a significant difference in the information recalled between the intervention group and the nonintervention group over time. CONCLUSION: Compared with the comparison group with no intervention, when SBAR was implemented in an anaesthetic clinic, we were unable to show any improvement in recalled information among receivers following postoperative handover. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current controlled trials http://www.controlled-trials.com Identifier: ISRCTN37251313. SN - 1365-2346 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26760400/Implementing_situation_background_assessment_recommendation_in_an_anaesthetic_clinic_and_subsequent_information_retention_among_receivers:_A_prospective_interventional_study_of_postoperative_handovers_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/EJA.0000000000000335 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -