Implementation and outcomes of a rapid response team

Susan J McFarlan, Sara Hensley
Journal of Nursing Care Quality 2007, 22 (4): 307-13, quiz 14-5
Adverse events in hospitalized patients are preceded by clinical signs of decline. Thus, early recognition and intervention should improve patient outcomes. At the University of Kentucky Hospital, the impetus to start a rapid response team (RRT) was to decrease unplanned admissions to ICU, adverse events, and mortality overall. On the basis of the outcomes at our hospital, we conclude that there is benefit to having an RRT. The following article outlines processes for RRT implementation and our outcomes to date.

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