Perioperative Patient Handoffs: Getting it Right

Formed in 2015, the Perioperative Multi-Center Handoff Collaborative is supported by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s (APSF), as a special interest group, to address one of its 2018 Patient Safety Priorities – Patient-related Communication Issues, Handoffs and Transitions in Care.

Our Mission:
  • To build the evidence base and implement strategies and tactics capable of eliminating unintended harms attributable to poor communication and teamwork during perioperative handovers
Our Aims:
  • Understand the current state of perioperative handovers from all stakeholders
  • Publish generalizable knowledge to advance perioperative handovers
  • Organize and execute multi-center studies with human factors and implementation scientists
  • Develop training material for medical education at the undergraduate, graduate and licensed practioneer levels
Support Our Work for Safer Perioperative Handoffs

News & Updates

  • Come Join Us at the ASA for the 4th Annual MHC Meeting

    August 1, 2019

    The Chair of the MHC invites you to join us in Orlando, FL on Sunday October 20th at the 2019 American Society of Anesthesiology meeting, Celebration Room 4. MHC General Session is from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Research Working Group Breakout is from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Contact us for more details.

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  • Handoff Consensus Recommendations

    March 1, 2019

    Members of the perioperative handoff collaborative published a Meeting Report from the 1st APSF Stoelting Consensus Conference in Anesthesia & Analgesia. This report describes the Delphi methodology used to develop consensus on 59 recommendations for the conduct (n=21), measurement (n=5), education & training (n=10), implementation (n=14), research (n=6), and patient…

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  • 2019 Working Groups Leadership

    January 1, 2019

    The MHC Working Group Co-Leads for 2019 have set their one year goals. See MHC Working Groups for details. EDUCATION Working Group: Erin Pukenas, MD and Aditee Ambardekar, MD, MSEd will be serving as the Co-Leads. IMPLEMENTATION/EMR Working Group: Bommy Hong Mershon, MD and Trent Bryson, MD will be serving…

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