The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the March of Dimes sponsored two Perinatal Quality Improvement Symposia in South Florida in May. The interactive symposium included training on TeamSTEPPS® Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Safety. TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Dr. Laura Haubner trained the group on topics such as critical aspects of teamwork, the importance of a shared mental model, mutual support, situation monitoring, and communication. Videos, case studies, sharing and discussion made for a great collaborative learning environment. Bill Sappenfield, MD, MPH and John S. Curran, MD, directors of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, presented on perinatal quality improvement efforts in Florida and how hospitals can get involved. Fifty-six nurses, physicians, and administrators attended the May 2nd Ft. Lauderdale event held at Broward Health Medical Center. Wellington Regional Medical Center hosted 35 attendees for the symposium on May 30th.
Participants learned techniques for improving communication and teamwork, how to develop team-led performance improvement interventions, and ways to prevent harm and improve patient safety in perinatal healthcare. One of the biggest takeaways from the training sessions for labor and delivery and neonatal staff was the importance of team briefing and debriefing. The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative plans to host additional Perinatal Quality Improvement Symposia in additional locations in the near future.