Using the Patient Safety Huddle as a Tool for High Reliability.

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Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety / Joint Commission Resources


A Patient Safety Huddle was developed at a community hospital (Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, San Pedro, California) through consultation with key stakeholders. The goal was to become a high reliability organization by improving communication across different departments, troubleshooting operational problems, focusing on safety and quality metrics, and reporting unusual occurrences. The Patient Safety Huddle involved executives in development and implementation, respect for employee time, ensuring accountability, and empowering frontline staff to foresee and deal with safety issues. The current template of the Patient Safety Huddle agenda and the Documentation Tools used to address patient safety issues are provided.


Health Care Administration