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The dream team: Lessons learned from assembling a top cardiac surgical team

September 29, 2016 In the News

Dr. Konstadinos Plestis authors an article on the importance of teamwork:

Since I arrived at Main Line Health's Lankenau Heart Institute nearly three years ago, building a team with these characteristics has been my uncompromising focus. The ideal surgical team isn't just a collection of surgeons, but a group of constantly collaborating professionals – from the scrub nurse to the medical assistant to the perfusionist using the heart-lung machine – who maintain compassion for the patient as a primary focus.

For the patients I see every day, experiencing a cardiovascular problem – like almost every medical issue – can be life-altering and cause immeasurable amount of stress. It is for this reason that patients need to experience compassion from the time they call to make their first appointment until the patient is fully recovered, which can be months – even years – down the line.

Research has proven that patient satisfaction is linked to the cohesiveness of your team.2 Therefore, it is important for every member of the team to communicate with one another – and, possibly more importantly, feel comfortable communicating with each other – or it impacts the entire team's ability to function. Learn more from Becker’s Hospital Review.