Archive April 2018 XIX, No. 4

Ideas That Work: Stay on Schedule

Give Us This Day Our Daily Huddle

Outpatient Surgery Editors


HUDDLE UP Keep your schedule flowing by going over tomorrow's cases today.

Every day around 1:30 p.m., we have a 30-40 minute OR huddle to go over the next day's surgery schedule case by case. The nurse manager and assistant nurse manager look over the procedures to make sure we have the right personnel working and that the time is correct on the schedule. We also check that our patients without barriers or infection issues are scheduled first and those with infections, such as C. diff, last. The sterile processing department and equipment tech are also at the meeting to make sure that we have the proper implants and instruments for each procedure — and that they are sterile and here at the facility. If we are missing equipment or implants, we can have what we need brought in well before the procedure starts. These daily huddles ensure that the flow of our schedule is not interrupted because everyone with a vested interest is present.

Connie Garrett MSN, RN-BC, CNL, CNOR
James A. Haley Veteran's Health Administration
Tampa, Fla.


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