An interview with Melissa Schmidt, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurosciences at Missouri's largest hospital.
Each year 350,000 to 600,000 Americans are affected by venous thromboembolism (VTE), and they primarily consistent of those who are hospitalized or were recently hospitalized. Over a 10-year period, about 40 percent of patients have recurrent episodes of VTE.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, Missouri's largest hospital, is fighting VTE by training healthcare providers, including clinical nurse specialists, in actionable VTE prevention strategies according to Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurosciences, Melissa Schmidt.
The nursing huddle is “the best way to share timely, need-to-know information," according to Schmidt.
- Nursing huddles last five minutes and are held twice a day.
- Only the most important information is shared.
- Huddle topics are documented and available for review at the nurses' station for those who weren't present.
To keep information fresh and relevant, each topic is only discussed for one week at a time.