Facilitators of and barriers to successful teamwork during resuscitations in a neonatal intensive care unit

Zeynep N.Inanc Salih, Claire Burke Draucker

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Objective: Effective teamwork is essential in high-risk healthcare delivery environments. In this study, we aimed to identify facilitators of and barriers to successful teamwork during resuscitations in the NICU Study Design: 36 in-situ interprofessional simulation sessions were held in a level 4 NICU. Each session was followed by a debriefing where staff talked about the simulation scenario but also about their prior experiences during resuscitations in the NICU. Using content analysis, we analyzed the transcriptions of debriefings to address the study aims. Result: Participant responses yielded three major themes: communicating well, getting tasks done well, and working well together. Each main theme had subthemes. Conclusion: Teamwork is a complex process that is enhanced and hindered by a variety of factors. The factors identified in this study can be used to enhance relationship-based teamwork training programs. Future research is needed to determine which teamwork behaviors are most associated with patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)974-982
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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