Team Requirements

In order to maximize efficiency and safety during an instrument transfer it is advisable for the operating team to observe patient movement, especially during the exchange of an anesthetic syringe or other sharp instruments.

Following a safe standardized transfer procedure should be used to avoid injuries. Safe techniques include the maintenance of firm control of the instrument at all times, exchanging instruments only in the transfer zone over the patient’s chest and avoiding unpredictable movements during the transfer. Laying instruments or material on the patient’s napkin should be avoided to prevent injury and potential litigation.