Assessing the Value of Huddle Implementation in the Perioperative Setting

Tina Thomas, Debra Hampton, Karen Butler, Julie L. Hudson

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Communication is essential for safe, effective patient care. In perioperative services, where interdisciplinary teamwork is crucial, communication breakdowns may lead to increased errors, decreased staff member satisfaction, and poor team performance. This process improvement project focused on instituting perioperative huddles for two months and measuring the effect that they had on staff members’ satisfaction, engagement, and communication effectiveness. We used validated, Likert-style survey tools to gauge participants’ satisfaction, level of engagement, communication practices, and opinions about the value of huddles before and after implementation, in addition to an open-ended descriptive question in the postsurvey. Sixty-one participants completed the presurvey and 24 participants completed the postsurvey. Scores across all categories increased post huddle implementation. Benefits of the huddles noted by participants included timely and consistent messaging, sharing essential information, and increased feelings of connection between perioperative leaders and staff members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalAORN Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • information sharing
  • perioperative huddle
  • staff member satisfaction
  • team communication
  • work engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical


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