The Post-Operative Handover Assessment Tool
- Work by our team using the ITCAS framework has shown that post-operative handover is a weakness in information transfer and communication during surgical care. The Post-Operative Handover Assessment Tool (POHAT) is a checklist of essential information items for post-operative handover that can be used to address this weakness. This tool was developed using semi-structured interviews and an extensive Delphi consensus process.
- POHAT can be used to assess the completeness of post-operative handover and has been validated in an international multi-centre study.
Nagpal K, Abboudi M, Fischler L, Schmidt T, Vats A, Manchanda C, Sevdalis N, Scheidegger D, Vincent C, Moorthy K. Evaluation of postoperative handover using a tool to assess information transfer and teamwork. Ann Surg. 2011;253(4):831-7. Pubmed
Nagpal K, Arora S, Abboudi M, Vats A, Wong HW, Manchanda C, Vincent C, Moorthy K. Postoperative handover: problems, pitfalls, and prevention of error. Ann Surg. 2010;252(1):171-6. Pubmed
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