Team Structure and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is a framework used in healthcare provision systems to promote optimal teamwork for better performance. TeamSTEPPS encompasses the following key principles; leadership, team structure, communication, mutual support, and situation monitoring (Chen et al., 2019). Leadership focuses on ensuring that team members are actively engaged in their roles and can access any required resources during their work. Furthermore, it facilitates information to update on changes that have occurred during the actions. On the other hand, team structure entails finding related departments that must work jointly to safeguard the safety of the patient. Communication consists of a proper channel that enhances accurate and clear information delivery amongst the workers. Similarly, situation monitoring involves continuous assessing and observing conditions to get detailed information. Lastly, mutual support that means having an insight into the teams’ needs and give the necessary support.
The teamSTEPPS method I use every day is communication. This approach would enhance understanding through clear and accurate information delivery. As a manager, I would maintain the same communication strategy as it would promote comprehending the need of every patient and coordinating duties across related departments in the system for better performance. Furthermore, the approach would enable the team members to assess the patient’s situation, background and provide a reliable recommendation concerning the health status of the individual to boost the safety of the patient.
TeamSTEPPS is an effective tool that promotes the safety of patients within a healthcare unit. If health care workers practice and use the five principles, then patient safety will be guaranteed under any circumstance. It is upon the coordinating bodies to influence and inspire the team members to embrace and perform their duties effectively. A reliable channel of communication and leadership strategies will enhance understanding amongst colleagues.
Chen, A. S., Yau, B., Revere, L., & Swails, J. (2019). Implementation, evaluation, and outcome of TeamSTEPPS in interprofessional education: A scoping review. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Web.