The PATH to patient safety

Br J Anaesth. 2021 Dec;127(6):830-833. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2021.09.006. Epub 2021 Oct 9.


Communication is critical to safe patient care. In this issue of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Jaulin and colleagues show that use of a Post-Anaesthesia Team Handover (PATH) checklist is associated with fewer hypoxaemia events in the PACU, reduced handover interruptions, and other important metrics related to improved communication. The PATH checklist provides a link within a broader chain of safety checklists and other interventions that comprise a perioperative chain of survival.

Keywords: critical event; debriefing; medical education; patient safety; perioperative handoffs; post-anaesthesia care unit; safety checklists.

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  • Editorial