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cuhuegbu | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM via web

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Are teams in health care better than other group working teams?

What do you all think? Are teams in health care more important because we are dealing with life and limb? Or are these teams just as important as other industries because regardless of the output, teams are still essential?

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farouk23 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Teams in health-care are not necessarily better than other group of working teams; however the stakes are higher in health-care than in other industries. In other industries, teams are still required for project or task success but an error by a single member of the team would not have the same impact as an error by a member of a health-care team. Take for example a manufacturing line; it requires an army of workers and managers in order to function, most of whom are low skilled workers. An error by one person or even multiple members of the team would have little impact on the bottom line since these kinds of mistakes are usually factored into the cost of production. On the other hand in the health-care industry you have a surgery team, which depending on the complexity of the operation could consist of a multitude of doctors, nurses and other support staff. These staff members are usually experts in their field and the bar or tolerance for error is very low. One mistake by any member of a surgery team could lead to the loss of a patient’s life.

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