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Volume 11, Issue 2
August 2005

Emergency Department Teamwork

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Team Functions
  • Maintain team structure and climate
  • Apply problem-solving strategies
  • Communicate with the team
  • Execute plans and manage workload
  • Improve team skill

Individual teamwork behaviours

  • Identify a protocol or develop a plan
  • Advocate/ assert a position or corrective action
  • Priorise tasks for a patient
  • Cross-monitor actions of team members

Contribution of each team member

  • maintain own situation awareness
  • maintain situation awareness of teammates
  • catch simple errors made by teammates
  • (Rarely), identify true best practice conflicts that require significant clinical discussion for resolution
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