University of Nebraska Medical Center

Post-Fall Huddle

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A post-fall huddle is an opportunity to create a safe environment to understand the ’story’ behind a fall in order to learn and take action to prevent a future fall.


The goals of a post-fall huddle are to identify the factors that contributed to the patient fall, and to identify the actions necessary to prevent another fall for that patient. A post-fall huddle allows the patient, family, and staff to gather as a team to learn from a fall event. A huddle may also point toward changes that should be made in your program, overall.


There are a variety of post-fall huddle tools and guides publicly available for use. Consider adopting a tool that encourages open dialogue among the patient, family, and staff to discuss the fall. Tools that serve as post-incident investigation checklists may be useful for more in-depth investigations of fall events, but are not necessarily designed to elicit the rich conversation intended to occur within a post-fall huddle.


Access tools and educational resources below to help you implement this activity.