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Teamwork Within Units – Crisis Management Simulation Course Receives Positive Reviews, Enhances Communication and Teamwork Among Labor and Delivery Practitioners During Crises

This featured profile is available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site. Crisis Resource Management (CRM) is a 7-hour course for labor and delivery (L&D) practitioners. It uses various strategies of crew resource management, a safety program developed by the aviation industry, to create realistic simulations designed to facilitate improvement of teamwork and communication skills in a real L&D crisis. According to post implementation surveys, the course is highly regarded by the vast majority of participants. Surveys conducted 1 or more years after the course suggest that it produces lasting benefits, including improvements in communication, team leadership, and team performance during crises.

 

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