TeamSTEPPS: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety

In 2013, The Journal of Patient Safety published an article by John T. James, PhD, estimating up to 400,000 deaths a year in hospitals from preventable harm.  This statistic is a fourfold increase from the IOM report in 1999, reporting up 100,000 preventable deaths a year in hospitals.  A major contributing factor to these errors was a breakdown in communication and teamwork.  More recently, it has been reported preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US (Markary, et al).

TeamSTEPPS, developed by the Department of Defense, is an evidence-based program that can improve interprofessional collaboration and patient outcomes through better teamwork and communication.  

WISH is one of seven nationally recognized Regional Training Centers for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded National Implementation of TeamSTEPPS.

Since 2009 WISH has offered quarterly 2-day Master Training Conferences for healthcare providers and hospital administrators from across the country. For more information about TeamSTEPPS training and session registration, please visit the AHRQ website.

WISH additionally offers custom TeamSTEPPS training opportunities for groups (up to 50). For more information please see the TeamSTEPPS On-Demand Training Program Page.

If you are already registered for a TeamSTEPPS course at the University of Washington, please find additional reference materials below:

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