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Patient Safety and Teamwork in Perinatal Care: Resources for Clinicians

Miller, Lisa A. CNM, JD

The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January-March 2005 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 46–51
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Recent data reveal communication issues and organizational culture to be key factors in adverse perinatal outcomes. Hierarchical communication is common in healthcare and can be a significant impediment to safe care. Principles of teamwork employed by other industries, such as aviation and the military, can be appropriately applied to healthcare. This article provides a brief introduction to Crew Resource Management as well as a listing of print, multimedia, and Web resources for clinicians interested in promoting cultural change and effective teamwork.

Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services, Chicago, Ill.

Corresponding author: Lisa A. Miller, CNM, JD, Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services, 2014 W Cullom, Chicago, IL 60618 (e-mail:

Submitted for publication: November 2, 2004; Accepted for publication: November 23, 2004

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.