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Teamwork and team training in the ICU: where do the similarities with aviation end?

Reader, Tom W. and Cuthbertson, Brian H. (2011) Teamwork and team training in the ICU: where do the similarities with aviation end? Critical Care Medicine, 15 (6). p. 313. ISSN 0090-3493

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Identification Number: 10.1186/cc10353


The aviation industry has made significant progress in identifying the skills and behaviors that result in effective teamwork. Its conceptualization of teamwork, development of training programs, and design of assessment tools are highly relevant to the intensive care unit (ICU). Team skills are important for maintaining safety in both domains, as multidisciplinary teams must work effectively under highly complex, stressful, and uncertain conditions. However, there are substantial differences in the nature of work and structure of teams in the ICU in comparison with those in aviation. While intensive care medicine may wish to use the advances made by the aviation industry for conceptualizing team skills and implementing team training programs, interventions must be tailored to the highly specific demands of the ICU.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 BioMed Central
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:02

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