Just as a brief can prepare your team for the work ahead, holding a debrief after the end of a shift, procedure or emergent event like a patient code can help you reflect on your performance as a team. It doesn't matter if all went according to plan, or if everything that could go wrong did go wrong—coming together for a debrief can help the team process what happened and identify what went well, what could be improved and one thing to do differently next time.
What is a Debrief?
See It In Action
Try this during your next debrief...
Even if there’s a whole laundry list of things that could have gone better, identify just one area of improvement. The team will be less overwhelmed if they can put their energy towards one goal rather than trying to implement several changes at once.
Do you hold a debrief anyway?
Help this code team hold a successful debrief.
How to Hold a Successful Debrief
Consider these strategies when implementing debriefs in your workplace.
Keep the debrief short and sweet.
Just like briefs and huddles, a debrief should be short and sweet. Go over the essentials, but don’t keep your team longer than is necessary.
Encourage input from the whole team.
Welcome and encourage input from every team player, even if you have to call on individuals to get them involved. This will lead to a culture where people feel comfortable speaking up at any moment when patient safety is a concern.
Bring in key players.
Involve all the necessary personnel in your debriefs. If someone can't attend, make sure you have a process in place for communicating the information to them.
Focus on the positive.
Always start with items that went well. Focusing on the bright spots will ensure what went well can be replicated next time.
Involve patients and families.
Consider including the patient and their family to provide feedback at the end of an appointment, hospital stay or procedure.