Evidence-based medicine requires more than just knowing what treatments are best for patients—there’s also the matter of implementing best practices in the clinical setting. Here’s an example of how that can work:
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital recently earned a national award for its daily ritual of clinicians joining in a daily “huddle” to coordinate patient care. And just in time for football season.
The huddles bring together nurses, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists, chaplains and others involved in a patient’s treatment to review the patient’s status and care plans and identify concerns early. Huddle members are briefed on the patient’s social and financial needs, family dynamics and other considerations. Each member walks away with specific tasks that, presumably, don’t include pass routes or blocking assignments.