A recent prospective study found that a standardized checklist and transfer protocol can reduce errors during transfer of care for post-operative pediatric surgical airway patients (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;146(1):129-34).
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Monica Kleinman, MD, clinical director of the medical/surgical intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Boston, said the checklist can be adapted for numerous types of surgical or interventional procedures. “Communication is the root of all evil and the secret of success, particularly in medicine, and I think everyone can relate to the fact that most problems can be, at least in part, traced back to a communication issue,” she said.
Researchers from the department of otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) decided to study the issue after two pediatric airway patients at their institution experienced post-operative airway emergencies because the multidisciplinary teams providing their post-surgical care were unfamiliar with the surgery that each patient had undergone.