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Daily Safety Huddles begin at BWFH

Daily Safety Huddle

As part of the hospital’s Strategic Goals, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has begun Daily Safety Huddles. The Daily Safety Huddle takes place each weekday at 9:30 am in the Mary Ann Tynan Conference Center, bringing together clinical and operational leaders for a brief, 15-minute focused meeting to identify obstacles to managing patient care and flow in a safe, timely manner.

“The purpose of the Daily Safety Huddle is to create a daily system to empower front line leaders to identify and escalate concerns regarding barriers to delivering high-quality, timely and safe patient care,” says BWFH’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peggy Duggan. “We also hope to be able to increase shared situational awareness of key quality, safety and operational issues and create a forum for prompt and proactive resolution of identified vulnerabilities.”

Members of the huddle will collectively work to address and resolve those issues in real time. These huddles will increase safety awareness among frontline staff, allow teams to develop action plans to address identified issues and foster a culture of safety.

The standard agenda is as follows:



9:30 – 9:32

Celebrations and shout-outs

9:32 – 9:35

Updates on issues raised during previous day’s huddle

9:35 – 9:41

Reporting in standing order:

*Note: below departments expected to come with standard information in hand

  1. Admitting
  2. RN Supervisor (BWH demand)
  3. Emergency Department
  4. GMS
    1. Medicine Provider
    2. 6 North
    3. 6 South
    4. 7 North
    5. Ortho Provider
    6. Surgery Provider
    7. 7 South/IV Team
  5. ICU
  6. Psych
  7. OR/Periop/PACU
  8. Patient Safety, Quality, Risk and Infection Control
  9. Care Continuum Management

9:41 – 9:45

Roll call of each department for report outs:

*Note: below departments expected to provide updates on issues or report new issues

  1. AOC
  2. Emergency Management
  3. Procedural areas
  4. Lab/Pathology
  5. Pharmacy
  6. Rehab Services
  7. Radiology
  8. Patient/Family Relations
  9. EVS and Transport
  10. Fallon
  11. Security
  12. Facilities
  13. Food and Nutrition
  14. Information Services/Telecomm
  15. Biomedical Engineering
  16. Materials Management
  17. Communications


Closing and dismissal – anything else to report?

“At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, we all strive to provide the safest and highest quality care possible. Daily Safety Huddles are one way in which we can all work together to do more for our patients,” says Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Cori Loescher, MM, BSN, RN, NEA-BC. “I am thrilled to say we have had nearly 100 percent attendance for the first three weeks of our Daily Safety Huddle. I invite anyone who is interested in seeing how the process works to attend a session.”

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