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National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS

Call for Presenters: TeamSTEPPS 2013 Conference

TeamSTEPPS, or Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety, is a set of evidence-based, practical tools that helps hospitals and other health care providers strengthen teamwork among caregivers with the goal of improving patient safety. Teamwork is a top priority for all health care providers—hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician office practices. However, changing culture and behavior of an organization can be challenging. Working together as an innovative partnership, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Department of Defense (DOD) designed the TeamSTEPPS program for use in a variety of health care settings.

HRET is coordinating the efforts of a network of national TeamSTEPPS training centers, facilitating a learning network that equips master trainers to improve teamwork within their facilities, hosting annual conferences, and updating and expanding free TeamSTEPPS materials for provider use. HRET is partnering with IMPAQ International on this important initiative.

TeamSTEPPS 2013 National Conference: Call for Presenters Open Until December 21
The National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS is planning its 2013 conference and seeks original ideas that can help others implement TeamSTEPPS at their organizations. The program encourages hospital teams who have had experience with TeamSTEPPS to deliver their story in new, innovative and engaging ways that promote learning. Presentations should highlight program models, practical solutions, skills and connections to help participants impact their organizations. The National Conference serves as an "incubator for new ideas." Want to join a group of expert speakers next year in Texas? Submit your proposal today. The 2013 Call for Presentations ends Friday, December 21. For more information about the 2013 Call for Presentations, click here, and submit your application at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TSPresenters2013.

Regional Training Centers
At the core of the national implementation of TeamSTEPPS are five regional training centers:

  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, New York (NSLIJ)
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Duke)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (Tulane)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (UM)
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (UW)

These centers offer training to create a national network of master trainers, who will in turn offer TeamSTEPPS training to frontline providers in hospitals and other health care settings throughout the country. A total of 15 two-day training sessions will occur at the regional training centers in 2013. Due to the nature of the training, teams of 2-4 people should attend instead of individuals. To register for training, please visit: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/registerlist.asp?m=347&p=3.

TeamSTEPPS for Medical Office Practices
HRET is leading development of a toolkit for applying TeamSTEPPS in medical office practices. The toolkit will be based on a train-the-trainer model and will form the basis for a national implementation of TeamSTEPPS in primary care. By building on and collaborating with existing AHRQ national implementation TeamSTEPPS projects and other national networking opportunities, the project will optimize spread and ensure sustainability of the implementation of TeamSTEPPS in primary care.

For more information about the national implementation, the National Conference, regional training centers or TeamSTEPPS for medical office practices, contact AHRQTeamSTEPPS@aha.org.

For more information about TeamSTEPPS, visit: http://teamstepps.ahrq.gov/.

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