Clin Surg | Volume 1, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Surgical Handover: A Multi-Disciplinary Survey

Kavanagh DO1*, Sanfey HA2, Harrington C3 and Dozois EJ4

1Department of Surgery, Tallaght Hospital, Ireland
2Department of Surgery, South Illinois University, USA
3Department of Surgical Affairs, RCSI, Ireland
4Dept of CRS, Mayo Clinic, USA

*Correspondance to: Dara O Kavanagh 

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Objective: We aimed to examine perceptions of barriers to effective surgical handover among Healthcare professionals at Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.
Methods: In 2012 healthcare providers across 10 surgical specialties were surveyed.Results: The overall response rate was 48%. 96% agreed that it is an important component of patient care while 74% agreed that an electronic handover tool should be available. There was a significant difference in the views with respect to the need for an electronic handover tool (MLPs vs. residents: 85% vs. 63%: p=0.01). 62% of staff strongly agreed that education is necessary compared to 26% of residents (p=0.0007). 75% of respondents agreed that time constraints is a relevant barrier (p=0.091). 76% of respondents felt that a standardized process could be designed for use across the entire Department of Surgery.Conclusion: It is evident that a module of education and training followed by establishment of a process of handover with standardized structure and content will allow the authors to establish a purpose-built system to optimize surgical handover and improve patient safety.


Surgical Handover; Barriers; Surgery


Kavanagh DO, Sanfey HA, Harrington C, Dozois EJ. Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Surgical Handover: A Multi-Disciplinary Survey. Clin Surg. 2016; 1: 1146.

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