Advertisement

Rapid Response Systems: From Implementation to Evidence Base

      The 6th Annual International Symposium on Rapid Response Systems (RRS) and Medical Emergency Teams (METs) was held on May 10–11, 2010, in Pittsburgh. As with previous meetings, the conference emphasized the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of rapid response systems (RRSs) in that the faculty and conference attendees consisted of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, administrators, and researchers representing 13 countries and five continents. The conference’s stated objectives are listed in Table 1 (right). This article provides an overview of the conference, with coverage of only those sessions that the authors attended. Additional conference details and specific presentations at the various sessions are available elsewhere.

      Rapidresponsesystems.org: Rapid Response Systems: Team Systems for Safety-Resources. http://rapidresponsesystems.org/resources.htm (last accessed Aug. 26, 2010).

      Table 1Meeting Objectives
      RRS, rapid response system.
      • Describe the purpose of RRSs
      • Describe the components of RRSs
      • How to create or improve an RRS
      • Discuss the recently published literature on RRSs
      • Carry an evidence-based discussion about RRS benefits and shortfalls
      • Describe the impact of RRSs on nursing work flow
      • Describe the impact of RRSs on patients and their familiesk
      * RRS, rapid response system.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'

      Subscribe:

      Subscribe to Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect

      References

      1. Rapidresponsesystems.org: Rapid Response Systems: Team Systems for Safety-Resources. http://rapidresponsesystems.org/resources.htm (last accessed Aug. 26, 2010).

        • DeVita M.A.
        • et al.
        “Identifying the hospitalized patient in crisis”—A consensus conference on the afferent limb of rapid response systems.
        Resuscitation. Apr. 2010; 81 (Epub Feb. 10, 2010): 375-382
        • Steel A.
        • Reynolds S.
        The growth of rapid response systems.
        Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. Aug. 2008; 34: 489-495
        • Sarani B.
        • et al.
        Resident and RN perceptions of the impact of a medical emergency team on education and patient safety in an academic medical center.
        Crit Care Med. Dec. 2009; 37: 3091-3096
        • Scott S.D.
        • et al.
        Caring for our own: Deploying a systemwide second victim rapid response team.
        Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. May 2010; 36: 233-240