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​The safety huddle has become an important way for hospitals to surface safety concerns affecting patients and the workforce. The best huddles are multidisciplinary, highly structured, brief (15 minutes or less), take place early in the morning, and focus on incidents from the day before and risks to safety in the day ahead.

Is the safety huddle effective? Have organizations grown lax with the process over time? Do these huddles sometimes start to become “just another meeting” or feel like a “box to check off”?

The IHI Virtual Expedition, Building Reliability with Safety Huddles, starting on November 27, 2018 will provide teams with strategies to improve safety huddle processes.

What You’ll Learn

At the end of this Virtual Expedition you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of highly functioning processes for huddles in your facility
  • Identify opportunities to improve communication and collaborating across facility systems
  • Develop a process for adapting the huddle process for your area of work
  • Test and implement improvements using the Model for Improvement
  • Develop a plan to use learnings from huddles for additional improvement throughout your facility

Continuing Education Credits for this Virtual Expedition are still being finalized.


Session 1: The Case for Effective Huddles
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM ET

Session 2: Utilizing Connections in Your System for Improvement
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM ET

Session 3: Visual Management: A Key to Success
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM ET

Session 4: Immediate Huddles
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM ET

Session 5: Non-Traditional Areas That Will Benefit from Huddles
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM ET


Amy Reid Kathy D. Duncan, RN, faculty, IHI, directs IHI Expeditions and manages IHI's work in rural settings. Previously, she provided spread expertise to Project JOINTS, co-led the 5 Million Lives Campaign National Field Team, and was faculty for the Improving Outcomes for High-Risk and Critically Ill Patients Innovation Community. She also served as the content lead for the Campaign's Prevention of Pressure Ulcers and Deployment of Rapid Response Teams areas. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the AHA NRCPR, NQF's Coordination of Care Advisory Panel, and NDNQI's Pressure Ulcer Advisory Committee. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. Duncan led initiatives to decrease ICU mortality and morbidity as the director of critical care for a large community hospital.

Additional Faculty coming soon.