JOURNAL ARTICLE

Integrating team training strategies into obstetrical emergency simulation training

Linda T Daniel, Ellen K Simpson
Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality 2009, 31 (5): 38-42
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Successful management of obstetrical emergencies such as shoulder dystocia requires the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Simulation education provides an opportunity to learn and master simple as well as complex technical skills needed in emergent situations. Team training has been shown to improve the quality of communication among team members and consequently has an enormous impact on human performance. In the healthcare environment, especially obstetrics where the stakes are high, integrating team training into simulation education can advance efforts to create and sustain a culture of safety. With over 7,100 deliveries annually, our 1,100-bed, two-hospital regional healthcare system embarked on this journey to advance the culture of safety.

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