December 14, 2016

Huddles help hospitals move toward the goal

Like a football team gathering to confirm tactical details before a play, surgical staff often form a huddle to ensure readiness of the providers, patient, and equipment for the upcoming procedure. In a twist on the traditional huddle the day before surgery, staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) in New Britain, Connecticut, now meet 3 days before elective surgery—a change that has led to notable improvements and prompted one Joint Commission surveyor to respond with an officialese version of “Wow!”

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