Teamwork – working together to reduce mistakes

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3. Teamwork – working together to reduce mistakes

Published 20 April 2022

Everybody makes mistakes, but by building a strong team we can minimise the risk of individuals making mistakes and that impact on patient care.

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For an example of how team communication can help us improve patient safety in practice you may interested in

Rayner, A. (2022) Team communication – a core non-technical skill [RCVS Knowledge. QI Features][online]. Available from:–a-core-non-technical-skill/ [accessed 14 April 2022]

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