Unfortunately, many team members may have an unrealistic view of how they function within the team, and a misconception of how their teamwork is perceived by others. Teamwork requires work, and this means that there is plenty of opportunity for continued education. Of particular concern remains the core issue of communication. 65% of hospital reported sentinel events to the Joint Commission have in their root cause communication errors. Mortality can clearly be reduced with teamwork training. Personal commitment on the part of healthcare team members to learn more about teamwork and to take advantage of any offered teamwork and communication trainings is very important, even for individuals who already see themselves as good communicators, as perception is not always reality.
Teamwork, effective team dynamics, and closed loop communication are cornerstones of the Heart Association's healthcare provider courses. Practicing these concepts in a classroom environment build the requisite skills for success when every moment counts.
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