Rapid response team 2015-07-16T10:12:51-06:00

Rapid response teams include doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists who are available to quickly get to the bedside of a patient who is showing signs of rapid decline.

Rapid response teams are summoned by staff nurses who recognize when a patient’s condition has suddenly changed for the worse and who want to take immediate action to prevent cardiac or respiratory arrest.

The rapid response team concept is part of the 100,000 Lives Campaign promoted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and endorsed by the Joint Commission.