Team Performance: Improve Patient Safety and Quality Essay

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I. Background
II. Literature Review
III. Nursing Implications
IV. Strategies to Address Issue
V. Conclusion

Background A culture of safety requires the commitment of leadership to positively impact outcomes. Recent emphasis on the new CMS guidelines and third party reimbursement initiatives associated with patient outcomes, has grabbed the attention of leadership at all healthcare organizations. Additionally, our system wide organization’s employee culture of safety survey has shown that communication and teamwork are areas were improvements are needed. Years of research on communication and teamwork in highly reliable organizations support a correlation with safety. (XX) One of the most important and highly
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Application of these same principles in healthcare, have been identified as a strong means to mitigating adverse events and negative outcomes. Creating team oriented culture as an approach to patient care can effectively strengthen the goal for enhancing communication and ultimately lead to positive safety and quality outcomes. (XXX) The goal for our organization is to systematically implement a formal team program beginning with training trainers and then implementing the program starting with the high risk areas and proceeding to all patient care environments. The high-risk environments will include Perioperative, Operative, ICU, ED and Obstetrics, with one area selected to pilot. The programs to be utilized will be TeamStepps and Team Performance Plus.
Literature Review
A search through MEDLINE, and PubMED, with the search terms, teamwork, quality, safety, TeamStepps, collaborative work, communication and interdisciplinary action. Initially I used the years 1999-2013, which provided more than a thousand of articles. This was narrowed with inclusion criteria of the dates 2005-2013, in acute care, full text, and written in English, which produced greater than 400 articles. Further screening with the assistance of the facility librarian, for the purpose of this
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