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Effective September 1, 2015, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has archived the Rapid Response Team intervention. You may continue to access the Getting Started Kit online, though it will no longer be updated. 

People die unnecessarily every single day in our hospitals. Each clinician can probably provide an example of a patient who, in retrospect, should not have died during hospitalization.

Research has shown that three main systemic issues contribute to the problem:

  • Failures in planning (including assessments, treatments, and goals)
  • Failure to communicate (patient-to-staff, staff-to-staff, staff-to-physician, etc.)
  • Failure to recognize deteriorating patient condition

These problems can lead to failure to rescue.

Prevent deaths in patients who are progressively failing outside the ICU with this seven-step process:

  • Engage senior leadership support.
  • Determine the best structure for the team.
  • Provide education and training.
  • Establish criteria and mechanism for calling the RRT.
  • Use a structured documentation tool.
  • Establish feedback mechanisms.
  • Measure e​ffectiveness.
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