The Human Factor: Optimizing Trauma Team Performance in Dynamic Clinical Environments

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2018 Feb;36(1):1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2017.08.003.


Resilience is built, not born, and there is no single strategy that reliably manufactures resilient performance in all circumstances. Optimizing team performance in dynamic environments involves the complex interplay of strategies that target individual preparation, team interaction, environmental optimization, and systems-level resilience engineering. To accomplish this, health care can draw influence from human factors research to inform tangible, practical, and measurable improvements in performance and outcomes, modified to suit local and domain-specific needs.

Keywords: Human factors; Patient safety; Resilience.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / organization & administration
  • Critical Care / psychology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient Safety
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control