PSPAT in the Intraoperative Period

Intraoperative tasks include:

• Anesthesia equipment preparation

• Anesthesia

• Patient identification

• Anesthesia evaluation

• Intubation

• Surgical hands-on

• Patient positioning

• Patient prep and drape

• Primary surgery

• Emergence from anesthesia

• Extubation

• Patient transport

PSPAT assumes that the anesthesiologist intubates and monitors the patient while the surgical team does the surgery. It monitors surgery start and stop times, manages schedule irregularities, assures proper inventory of supplies, instruments, and equipment, and communications externally when operating room needs arise. Patient safety is supported by patient identification and RFID technology used to check inventory and make sure no supplies are left inside the patient.

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