I recently had the pleasure of being a member of a high performance team and together navigate the dangers and challenges of a potentially difficult airway.
Prior to even receiving the patient into our department, our team, lead by an amazing Anaesthetist and Fellow, had a huddle and discussed the airway plan and also how we would act if we ran into problems.
A high performance team recognises that effective communication is imperative to achieve the best possible outcomes. A high performance team recognises individual skills. A high performance team logically collects and assembles safety systems around themselves. A high performance team works in an environment free of noise and distraction and where all staff are situationally aware and ready to act.
Finally a high performance team clearly and without the potential for confusion or misinterpretation, identifies and presents the team with potential solutions to unknown problems prior to commencing the journey.