I am 6 months into my first job as a new grad OR nurse. My CNS has me doing research on how to improve handoffs during surgery...scrub to scrub, rn to rn at breaks and end of shift, NOT
OR to PACU. I have many articles from aorn and TJC's recommendations (SBAR, IPASStheBATON, etc.), so I am not asking you to do my research for me. I was wondering if anyone had a tool or checklist that works for them they could share. Advice for how to improve communication to reduce errors. I know a tool is only as good as the people who decide to use it, but at my hospital it is very inconsistent. I would love to help implement a short, useful (thorough) handoff report template. We already have a "sign-in" and "sign-out" time out form we read from that has a checklist that is supposed to be used, which is rare. I have thought about something small, like the tab from a surgical gown which everyone always has in their pockets for notes as a potential tool, but that would require the manufacturers to get involved...and cost money. Hang it on the wall? White board? What works for you?
As a new rn I know any suggestions would surely help my own practice too.