Imagine if your very life depended upon teamwork? If you’ve ever been in a healthcare setting, it just might! Teamwork in healthcare is vitally important to patient treatment, care and safety. The better the members of a healthcare team are able to work together, the better they are able to provide the best quality patient care possible. Here are just a few ways that teamwork works in healthcare:
Seeks the same goal: If you’re on a healthcare team, you and everyone you work with wants what’s best for the patient. Because you’re working toward that same goal, you’re more likely to do all you can to reach it. If you were a medical assistant, you’d listen attentively to get accurate patient histories and relay that information to nurses, doctors and other medical staff.
Fosters communication: Have you ever watched a football game? From the huddle to the play on the field, the team members are in constant communication. The plays that succeed most are those when everyone knows where they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing. Teamwork in healthcare uses that sort of constant communication. You want to give your patients the best care you can so you make certain everyone has the information they need to do just that.
Prevents medical errors: When you’re part of a team, you help your team members perform their jobs the best they can. You add your knowledge about a patient to any treatment decisions. You make certain no task is left undone and always double check your own work and the work of your colleagues. In its 2013 report, the Joint Commission on National Patient Safety urged the establishment of a process for double-checking patients before any medications were given or procedures performed.1 These cross-checks prevent medical errors and save lives!
Creates a better work environment: When you feel like you’re a valued team member, you’re more likely to do the best work you can. That great attitude doesn’t just help your patients; it carries over to every aspect of your work and your life.
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