Patient Safety - Safety Huddles

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    In sports, teams have huddles to strategize. At Stony Brook University Hospital, our care teams have huddles, too. One of the most important huddles we conduct every day, twice a day, is the Safety Huddle. 

    The purpose of these Safety Huddles is to increase safety awareness among our front-line nursing staff and to identify ways to help ensure that safety measures are in place at all times for all of our patients.

    Each member of each care team at Stony Brook University Hospital, regardless of the shift they are working, is responsible for the well being of every patient in each unit. Whether it’s discussing equipment issues, a medication concern, special visitor requirements, or which patients are on alert for falls, our nursing staff and nursing leadership use the information to plan interventions to increase the safety of our patients. Every 12 hours, they gather together to listen, learn, and provide solutions to specific concerns and problems that have been identified. The lessons learned from these safety huddles are then recorded and reviewed at weekly team meetings. It’s just one of the many ways we serve as safety advocates for our patients.

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