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Morning Huddle Hurdles: Enhancing Communication for Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation
Dawn Tortajada, MSN, RN, PNP-BC1, Robert Finkelstein, MD2, Shari Platt, MD2, Nitsana Spigland, MD2. 1New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA, 2Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY, USA.

Pediatric trauma resuscitations are often not an everyday occurrence. Thus, team member roles and responsibilities may be less clearly defined and communication can be challenging at times given that the team can be comprised of individuals who seldom work together. In the development of our pediatric trauma program we have implemented the zzzmorning huddlezzz, which offers the opportunity for pediatric trauma team members to introduce themselves and identify their role in the event of a trauma activation. The huddle is a venue to communicate changes in processes and encourages feedback on all aspects of the pediatric trauma program. Gathering team members for the huddle can be a challenging task. Making this process a part of the everyday culture has made the huddle an expected event within the pediatric emergency department. The overall goal of the morning huddle is to increase education for the pediatric trauma team members, leading to improved patient outcomes. Anticipated future research related to morning huddles includes: team comfort with pediatric trauma resuscitations, adherence to guidelines for resuscitations and improved turnaround time for time to disposition for the pediatric trauma patient.


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