Using a pre-procedure COVID-19 huddle to improve operating room safety

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Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

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Anesthesiology | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Patient Safety | Surgery | Surgical Procedures, Operative | Virus Diseases


The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has amplified the need to deliver safe and efficient perioperative care while preventing the spread of infection among healthcare staff and patients. Recommendations for perioperative care in this context, including contact and droplet isolation precautions, negative pressure operating rooms, and specialized personal protective equipment (PPE), have been published. However, due to the rapidly evolving understanding of COVID-19-related care, their operationalization is challenging and unevenly applied.

Huddles are brief, highly focused “stand-up” meetings that enhance care coordination by enabling collaborative and efficient information exchange and by fostering a shared view of current conditions. We describe a newly designed and operationally integrated pre-procedure huddle, grounded in tenets of high reliability, to ensure guideline-adherent practice for perioperative COVID-19 care.


COVID-19, perioperative care, patient care coordination, huddles

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Pimentel MPT, Pimentel CB, Wheeler K, Dehmer E, Vacanti JC, Urman RD. Using a pre-procedure COVID-19 huddle to improve operating room safety. J Clin Anesth. 2020 May 19;65:109875. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.109875. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32450475; PMCID: PMC7236678. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of clinical anesthesia

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