Situational Awareness Huddles in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author(s): Kristen Christensen, BSN, MS, CCRN, Nora Colman, MD, Kay Van Voorhis, BSN, CCRN, Katherine Daniels, MSN, RN, CCRN, Haley Culpepper, BSN, RN, Kiran Hebbar, MD, Michael Wolf, MD

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has created challenges for provider teams working in intensive care units, including rapidly changing patient care regulations, staffing considerations, and preservation of personal protective equipment. The need for enhanced respiratory precautions for infected patients and patients under investigation has necessitated a new process for interventions and resuscitation. A novel huddle process created situational awareness among staff caring for patients requiring enhanced respiratory isolation because of coronavirus disease 2019. Multidisciplinary huddles allowed staff from various disciplines to apply a process map for interventions and resuscitations among critically ill children with heart disease.


  • Identify a knowledge gap in situational awareness as regulations changed during the COVID 19 pandemic
  • Describe a huddle process implemented to create situational awareness for cardiac intensive care unit staff
  • Analyze staff satisfaction with the huddle process through a survey

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