TeamSTEPPS Plus

BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS

Safety is Safety… Isn’t it?

IF SAFETY PROGRAMS WORK IN HOSPITALS AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES…
SURELY THEY WILL WORK IN GROUPS HOMES, HOME HEALTHCARE, AND RELATED FACILITIES

Safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for the provision of quality care; the prevention and mitigation of medical errors; and, the reduction of unsafe behavior practices that result in patient injury and harm.

Our behavior based training programs enable service providers to engage direct care staff  in a TeamSTEPPS approach to client safety.  We provide a behavioral approach that serves the long-term nature of patients and special needs clients to improve safety for clients and staff.

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed TeamSTEPPS, a teamwork system that offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within health care facilities. 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 for the provision of quality health care and for the prevention and mitigation of medical errors that cause patient injury and harm.

BEARS Applied Behavioral Approach for TeamSTEPPS adapts the core concepts of the TeamSTEPPS Long Term Care (LTC) program to reflect the environment of group homes, assisted living and continuing care for developmental disabilities and intellectually disabled communities. The examples, discussions, and exercises in this approach are tailored to these environments. Keys to success at each phase include involvement of the right people, use of behavior based information-driven decision making, and careful planning before acting. The unfortunate realities associated with injuries to staff and residents, arrests, prosecution, and confinement of staff members, and the forced closing of agencies, large and small, suggests that many of the elements found in TeamSTEPPS 2.0 and TeamSTEPPS, LTC should be use within this community and can make the necessary cultural changes necessary to provide a high quality safe environment. The following paragraphs provide an overview of each of the phases including goals and objectives, key actions, and recommended tools and resource.

%d bloggers like this: