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NR510 week 5 Discussion Question ThreeDiscussion Question Part Three (&)According to Buppert (2011), quality improvement & patient safety are inextricably intertwined. A work environment that supports teamwork & respect for other people is essential to promote patient safety & quality of care. Unprofessional behavior is disruptive & adversely impacts patient & staff satisfaction, the recruitment & retention of healthcare professionals, communication, teamwork & undermines a culture of safety. Unprofessional behavior is therefore unacceptable.Discussion Question Question:How does teamwork increase patient safety? Provide evidence & rationales to support your decisions.Topic responsesDiscussion QuestionExp& AllKatherine De Los Trinos-Ocampo8/4/2016 4:44:04 -Week 5 Discussion Question Part Three“Teams make fewer mistakes than individuals, especially when each team member knows the responsibilities of other team members” (Pettit & Duffy, 2015, p. 25). It is for this reason effective communication & collaboration amongst healthcare providers is of utmost importance in safeguarding patients from harm. TeamSTEPPS is an evidenced-based practice tool created by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Patient Safety Program & the Agency for Health-care Research & Quality that can be implemented everywhere that patient care is occurring. The goalof TeamSTEPPS is to enhance the team building experience by focusing on four skills; communication, leadership, situation monitoring, & mutual support in order to improve patient safety (Pettit & Duffy, 2015). Communication & ineffective teamwork have been identified as causes for medical errors. By actively improving both of these areas through the implementation
of tools such as TeamSTEPPS, healthcare providers will be better equipped to serve & protect patients more effectively & avoid preventable errors. ReferencePettit, A.M. & Duffy, J. (2015). Patient safety: Creating a culture change to support communication & teamwork. The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, 26 (4), 23-26. Show LessInstructor Duncanreply to Katherine De Los Trinos-Ocampo8/7/2016 1:28:21 -RE: Week 5 Discussion Question Part 3Hi Katherine,You have broached an interesting perspective about teams, ad emphasized a well-known initiative to improve patient care settings. Very thorough post! Great work!Dr. DuncanShow LessJenica Hughes8/4/2016 9:39:44 -Teamwork & Patient SafetyDr. Duncan & class,The lesson for this week focuses on the need for a culture of patient safety in order to achieve the best patient outcomes (Chamberlain College of Nursing [CCN], 2015). One way to ensure that patient safety is a priority is knowing that there is teamwork amongst the staff. A culture of safety exists in the presence of teamwork & trusting relationships with the patients (Howell, 2015). Working in a Level One Trauma Center over the past 17 years has taught me that teamwork is paramount to
patient safety. When a critically ill patient arrives, teamwork is essential for the best outcome for the patient. Teamwork allows for a patient to receive needed medical carein a timely fashion. If a nurse receives an acutely ill patient without any assistance