Lee Ann Riesenberg PhD, MS, RN and Gina Whitney MD
Members of the Perioperative Multicenter Handoff Collaborative have put together a wonderfully comprehensive resource that we wanted to share with you. Thank you to Drs. Elizabeth Lazzara, Meghan Michael, and Lee Ann Reisenberg and to soon-to-be-Drs. Sarah Fuller and Sabina Patel for creating this.
Mnemonics are a frequent means of providing structure for communication while transitioning care and several different systems have been described in the literature (SBAR, I-PASS). They serve as a convenient memory aid for clinicians when handing over responsibility for patient care.
The resource is a comprehensive collection of the literature using mnemonics as a handoff improvement intervention and is available here: https://www.handoffs.org/?post_type=resources&p=1906&preview=true.
Forty-one mnemonics are included in the resource and 69% of the 151 references were published in the last 10 years. Fifteen of the articles in this collection include anesthesiology providers as participants. The most frequently used mnemonics are SBAR and I-PASS. This resource includes the mnemonic, the study participants, and the reference.