Resuscitating the RRT: Improving Utilization and Efficiency of a Nurse-Led Rapid Response Team

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System (Seattle, Washington)

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Project Topic

Improving communication

CSI Participants

Renae Kim, RN, BSN
Timothy McGuire, RN, BSN, JD, PCCN
Jeffrey Passey, RN, BSN, CCRN
Danielle White, RN, BSN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To decrease average length of time for rapid response team (RRT) 15 percent
  2. To provide 90 percent of responding RNs with updated RRT education
  3. To increase notification of RRT to MICU charge nurse 100 percent

Project Outcomes

  1. Decreased average length of call 15 percent
  2. Provided 91 percent of responding RNs with updated RRT education
  3. Decreased calls greater than 35 minutes 12 percent
  4. Decreased admissions to ICU from RRT 8 percent
  5. These outcomes resulted in a projected annual fiscal impact of $78,112.

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