Circle of Care Offers Full-Day and Half-Day On-Site Interprofessional Collaborative Education (ICE) Program for Hospitals and Surgery Centers
However, currently (ICE) is the exception, not the rule. Each of the health professions must shift its focus toward collaboration, partnerships, and sharing, rather than operate in silos. The quality and safety of care, and the need to contain costs, require all professions to work together in an environment of respect. With a projected shortage of healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses and allied healthcare workers, it is imperative to rely on interprofessional practice to work collaboratively and more efficiently.
If the team’s professionals do not communicate and collaborate, their performance suffers. In the healthcare field, poor communication is often cited as a root cause of medical errors. Effective teamwork and good working relationships can reduce errors and improve outcomes. This relationship of communication to quality and safety is highlighted in several Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports
Another reason (ICE) is important is that it promotes coordination of care across the continuum of health care in all settings. Working as a team, the patient’s care is coordinated throughout the healthcare continuum. This promotes sharing of knowledge and working toward a common goal where each professional learns about each other’s roles and responsibilities from each other. (ICE) helps ensure better communication with less chance of error, whether a patient is being transferred from surgery to the intensive care unit or from an acute care setting to a long-term facility, for example.
The bottom line, (ICE) is important because high-functioning teams can improve the experience, outcomes, and costs of health care. It puts the patient at the center of the healthcare team’s focus and allows all health professionals, with the patient, to collaboratively provide input, be part of the decision making, and improve outcomes.
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All participants will receive a set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum designed for you to successfully integrate teamwork principles to improve the effectiveness of your high-functioning team and reduce medical errors resulting in higher quality, safer patient care.