Features  |   March 2017
The Pre-Induction Huddle
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  • Bronwyn Cooper, M.D.
    Committee on Obstetric Anesthesia
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Education / CPD / Obstetric Anesthesia / Patient Safety / Pediatric Anesthesia / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   March 2017
The Pre-Induction Huddle
ASA Monitor 03 2017, Vol.81, 12-13.
ASA Monitor 03 2017, Vol.81, 12-13.
Anesthesiology has led the patient safety movement in medicine. One relatively new area of the past several years is the idea of briefing prior to a surgical procedure. In 2009 the World Health Organization published a three-pronged checklist that would ensure patient safety and better communication. The first should be performed pre-induction and is also called the briefing or “huddle.” The second is the “time out,” which is done pre-incision. The third is the “debrief” performed before the patient leaves the O.R.; it is intended primarily for continued quality improvement and identification of root causes. The time out has become necessary and is reviewed in each hospital by the Joint Commission. The huddle, as well, is fast becoming standard-of-care in many hospitals across the country.
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