By Michael Vlessides

San Francisco—Intraoperative handovers between anesthesia providers are associated with adverse postoperative outcomes, and these effects are worsened when handovers occur among less experienced practitioners or during longer surgeries.

“A recently published study concluded that handovers are associated with adverse outcomes,” said Paul Rostin, cand. med., a medical student now at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany (JAMA 2018;319[2]:143-153).