Teamwork is as much a science as it is an art; some teams work extremely well together, while others fall apart. Here are some key elements to build your team for great patient care success…
Communication: must be open and flow between all members of your high-performance team. Team members must never be hesitant to communicate about issues, concerns, new ideas or personal observations during patient interactions.
Adaptability: Team members must be flexible and adaptable to change. Team members should be able to rally together and meet new challenges head-on. The prehospital world is rarely static: scene and patient-conditions are ever-dynamic (and things happen quickly). The most highly effective paramedic teams roll with the punches and adapt to change on-the-fly.
Respect: Teams possess a wide range of professional competencies and capabilities to meet a wide range of challenges. Each team member must trust in one and other to obtain the highest level of patient care; fully understanding what their contributions are to the team, while respecting one and other.