If you work in an acute care setting, you know how fast-paced and overwhelming it can be to treat patients in crisis. You also know the difference that a rapid and coordinated team response can have in helping to save patients’ lives.
Optimizing Crisis Resource Management to Improve Patient Safety and Team Performance is a new book that was developed by the Royal College with international experts in clinical and behavioural sciences. Its purpose is to help acute care professionals optimize their crisis resource management skills and those of their team.
“Modern medicine and the inherent complexities of acute care require skilled individuals who are effective in a team. Our ability to work together can make the difference between a patient surviving or not,” says book co-editor Peter Brindley, MD, FRCPC, a critical care doctor at the University of Alberta Hospital and a professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology and Medical Ethics. “Our goal in developing this book is to equip teams with a more sophisticated understanding and mastery of skills needed to manage a patient in crisis.”
Focusing on skills-development in six areas
Optimizing Crisis Resource Management includes theoretical and practical examples that will help health care providers hone their skills in
- situational awareness,
- verbal communication,
- task management
- leadership and followership, and
“Evidence increasingly shows that being able to effectively manage a crisis matters just as much as factual recall or manual dexterity,” says Pierre Cardinal, MD, FRCPC, book co-editor and a professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Cardinal is also a senior clinical educator with the Royal College. “Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, the book’s examples and insights will help users adopt and translate new behaviours that will build resilience, improve performance and patient safety.”
Its concise, easy-to-access format can be used in acute care settings around the world. The e-version is now available free of charge on the Royal College website. It can also be purchased in hard copy on Amazon.
Optimizing Crisis Resource Management was created by the Royal College’s Practice, Performance and Innovation unit. It is part of a bigger initiative focused on patient safety. We gratefully acknowledge the work of co-editors Dr. Brindley and Dr. Cardinal, the many content contributors, the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Canadian Critical Care Society for their assistance in referring authors and peer-reviewers for this publication. Questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hear what others are saying…
"Optimal practice requires understanding how humans interact when cognitively challenged, time pressured and under emotional stress. This book is highly relevant for all those who care for vulnerable patients."
- Deborah J. Cook, MD, FRCPC, OC, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Critical Care Medicine, McMaster University
"Today we communicate more as a team, we work together, and we expect clear leadership and responsiveness. Things weren't always so, and I learnt the hard way. This text will help many find an easier, safer way."
- Gary Masterson, MBChB, President of the Intensive Care Society; Medical Lead, Cheshire & Mersey Critical Care Network, UK
“If you take care of sick patients as part of a team, this book is essential reading. The editors have created a no-fluff compilation of crucial, usable information.”
- Scott D. Weingart, MD, FACEP, EMCrit.org
“An important topic and a useful book for all in acute care medicine.”
- Simon Finfer, MD, Professor, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Royal North Hospital