Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 4 Issue: 3

Optimal Characteristics of an Obstetric Anesthesia Paper vs. Electronic Hand-Off Tool

EL Becher III, Klumpner T*, Peralta F, Montague E, Wong CA and Toledo P
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
Corresponding author : Thomas T. Klumpner
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, NMH/Feinberg Room 5-704, 251 E Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Received: January 14, 2015 Accepted: April 02, 2015 Published: April 05, 2015
Citation: Becher III, et al. (2015) Optimal Characteristics of an Obstetric Anesthesia Paper vs. Electronic Hand-Off Tool. J Womens Health, Issues Care 4:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000184

Abstract

Optimal Characteristics of an Obstetric Anesthesia Paper vs. Electronic Hand-Off Tool

Approximately 61% of vaginal deliveries utilize neuraxial (epidural or spinal) analgesia for labor pain relief. Hand-offs are commonplace in obstetric anesthesia practice. Unfortunately, communication failures are consistently cited as the leading root cause of sentinel events. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore optimal obstetric anesthesia hand-off characteristics and to evaluate the perceived effectiveness of a paper compared with an electronic hand-off template using face-to-face interviews with anesthesia team members.

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