When we think of teamwork in long-term care, we envision a group of dedicated specialists reading notes from other disciplines, bouncing ideas off colleagues and convening care plan meetings. In reality, it is much more complex.
It's no secret that when a team works well together, good things will follow. If you've ever served on a committee, played a team sport or assembled a holiday meal with too many cooks in the kitchen, you know your group's ability to work as a team can make you or break you.
A Medicare quality improvement organization is looking for long-term care providers to pilot its new teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS. According to the program's website, it aims to optimize performance among "teams of healthcare professionals, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise."