STEEEP Huddle: T for Timely – Protecting patient rights and employee safety

 This week’s STEEEP Huddle, contributed by John Dougherty, System director, Safety and Security, and Brian Corbett, SVP and general counsel, discusses the incident of the nurse arrested in Utah for protecting patient rights, and notes that MLH’s continued strong working relationships with local law enforcement personnel make it less likely a conflict will reach a critical level here. Good communication at the time an incident arises and early escalation to administration when disagreement or conflict is suspected are essential.

The STEEEP Huddle template is a guide to conduct unit-based Huddles or during departmental staff meetings. The STEEEP Huddle topics are posted on the Performance Excellence 2020 site at

Although all physicians may not have the opportunity to participate in the STEEEP Huddles, the topics are being included in MLH Clinician weekly to help share the information across MLH. (For more background on STEEEP Huddles, see


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