Rapid response teams

Innovations

24-Hour Inpatient Pulse Oximetry Monitoring Reduces Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers 02/11/14

Most inpatient units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center use round-the-clock monitoring via a pulse oximetry system that recognizes the early signs of deterioration in patients. Tracking blood...

Nine-Hospital Collaborative Uses Patient Screening Criteria, Fast-Track Diagnosis, and Treatment Protocols To Reduce Sepsis Mortality by Approximately 50 Percent 03/21/12

The University of California, San Francisco's Integrated Nurse Leadership Program ran a 22-month collaborative involving nine hospitals that focused on reducing deaths from sepsis. Although...

Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity 06/18/11

As part of Montefiore Medical Center's “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) determine where critically ill patients can be most appropriately treated...

Emergency Department Protocol Leads to Faster Identification and Treatment of Pediatric Patients With Sepsis 04/10/11

Clinicians at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, TX, use a protocol that outlines how emergency department personnel should monitor and treat children with...

Immediate Post-Event Debriefing Improves Multiple Aspects of Response to Codes and Increases Staff Satisfaction 12/10/10

Immediately following each cardiopulmonary resuscitation code, responders at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center review the event using a debriefing tool to gather pertinent information, discuss...

QualityTools

Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) Tools and Materials 02/13/13

Team Strategy and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS ®) is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills. This multimedia resource kit helps...

Partnering with Patients and Families to Enhance Safety and Quality: A Mini Toolkit 11/04/11

This toolkit for health care leaders, clinicians, and staff demonstrates ways to partner with patients and families to enhance quality and safety. It provides tools and resources that support efforts to ensure patient care is safe and responsive...

Deploy Rapid Response Teams 03/15/09

These tools, which are part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign, can help a hospital establish a rapid response team program. A rapid response team is composed of clinicians who bring critical care expertise to...

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