Recognizing and quickly acting on the clear and significant vital sign abnormalities that precede patient deterioration are essential to escalating care to appropriate levels and preventing mortality. In 2019, Kaleida Health recognized the need for a rapid response team to attend to medical emergencies.
The response team needed to have critical care experience and a means to record and track medical emergency data. To address these needs, Kaleida developed a team that responded to changes in patient condition and elevated care to a higher level, as necessary. Objectives included branching the team out to include early intervention and assessment of stroke, ST-elevation myocardial infarction and sepsis, thereby decreasing morbidity and mortality. Methods used included:
Through implementation of its rapid response team, Kaleida decreased medical emergencies outside the intensive care unit, improved communication and collaboration with bedside staff and providers and decreased mortality rates.
For more information, contact Adrian Cyman, RN, BSN, CCRN, nurse manager, medical ICU, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.859.2307.