Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Reinventing Bed Huddles

The purpose of bed huddles at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is to build better communication among various hospital departments by holding twice-daily meetings that focus on such topics as hospital census figures, anticipated discharges, anticipated admissions and transfers. (See Census Report Form) The mandatory bed huddle sessions include team members from throughout the hospital, including Emergency Department (ED) personnel, senior hospital administrators, in-patient nursing supervisors, and housekeeping staff.

The goal of these meetings is to keep key stakeholders constantly attuned to the hospital’s census status to prevent ambulance diversions and crowding in the ED while improving patient flow and throughput.