UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Judith Adams

Dr. Judith Adams (Nursing) recently published an article in the American Association of Nurse Anesthesia Journal in collaboration with Dr. Laura Lambert, DNP, MSN, CRNA, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The article was titled “Improved Anesthesia Handoff After Implementation of the Written Handoff Anesthesia Tool (WHAT).” It described the DNP project completed by Lambert during her DNP program, and the development of a tool, the WHAT, to improve communication between certified nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as they provide coverage for each other in the operating room and between CRNAs and registered nurses (RNs) in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) as the CRNAs deliver key information to the PACU RNs after surgery. The researchers used an existing tool to identify barriers to communication and then measured the effectiveness of her tool to address these barriers. They found that after implementation of the WHAT, CRNA and PACU RN satisfaction with communication improved significantly. They also found that inadequate handoffs and omissions improved significantly after implementation of the WHAT. Since the project, the WHAT has been adopted by CRNAs and is now a practice standard at the research site.