Rapid response teams: a proactive strategy for improving patient care
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Rapid response teams: a proactive strategy for improving patient care

Sharon Garretson Nurse manager, Intensive Care Unit and Step-Down Unit
Mary Beth Rauzi Manager, Learning Services
Janice Meister Director, Quality Outcomes, Case Management, Risk Management and Compliance
Janet Schuster Director, Patient Care Services, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, Richmond Heights, Ohio, United States

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation success rates have not changed in 30 years. Patient outcomes may improve if changes in a patient’s condition are addressed at the onset of subtle deteriorations, rather than at the point of cardiac arrest. The rapid response team involves early intervention that demonstrates the ability to decrease cardiac arrest rates and improve patient mortality.

Nursing Standard. 21, 9,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.11.21.9.35.c6408

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sharon.garretson@uhhospitals.org

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review