TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. TeamSTEPPS teaches teams of health care professionals, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise. This curriculum was developed by a panel of experts, incorporating more than 25 years of scientific research that has been conducted on teams and team performance. Teamwork has been found to be one of the key initiatives within patient safety that can transform the culture within health care. Patient safety experts agree that communication and other teamwork skills are essential to the delivery of quality health care and to preventing and mitigating medical errors and patient injury and harm.
TeamSTEPPS resources, videos, and guides can all be found on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s website. In addition, examples of TeamSTEPPS tools and resources can also be found on the TeamSTEPPS Tool Kit developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
ASHNHA and SEARHC cosponsored the first ever Alaska TeamSTEPPS Master Training Course in August 2018. Master trainer Dr. Katherine Jones, Jones Health Services Consulting and Adjunct Professor from University of Nebraska Medical Center led the two-day training in Juneau, Alaska.