TeamSTEPPS Rapid Response Systems Guide

The TeamSTEPPS Rapid Response Systems Guide is designed to help you develop and deploy a customized plan to train your staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in your organization from initial concept development through to sustainment of positive changes. This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to the rapid response system. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes.

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have developed TeamSTEPPS®, a teamwork system which offers a powerful solution to improving collaboration and communication within your institution. Teamwork has been found to be one of the key initiatives within patient safety that can transform the culture within healthcare. Patient safety experts agree that communication and other teamwork skills are essential for the provision of quality healthcare and for the prevention and mitigation of medical errors and of patient injury and harm. 

TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence-based program aimed at optimizing performance among teams of healthcare professionals—enabling them to respond quickly and effectively to whatever situations arise. This curriculum was developed by a panel of experts, incorporating over 25 years of scientific research that has been conducted on teams and team performance.

Page last reviewed March 2019
Page originally created September 2014
Internet Citation: TeamSTEPPS Rapid Response Systems Guide. Content last reviewed March 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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