Rapid Response Teams
A Rapid Response Team (RRT) is a group of healthcare professionals with critical care expertise that is prepared to respond to patients at the first signs of clinical deterioration or decline. This team is meant to stabilize a patient’s condition before a cardiac or respiratory arrest, or other adverse event occurs. The RRT has several models, ranging from an ICU MD/RN team to an ICU RN/Respiratory Therapist team. The physician may be a senior resident, fellow, or staff physician.
Rapid Response Team Tools for Pediatric Clinical Settings
As part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 5 Million Lives Campaign, NICHQ facilitated the pediatric node, known as The Pediatric Affinity Group. The Pediatric Affinity Group created tools to provide support for the pediatric community and to help build a robust knowledge exchange with the aim of purging harm from children’s healthcare. These tools are supplements that adapt the IHI How-to-Guides to pediatric settings.