Rapid Response Teams: Qualitative Analysis of Their Effectiveness

Author(s): Linda Searle Leach, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, CNL, and Ann M. Mayo, RN, DNSc

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires May 01, 2017

Topics: Leadership, PatientSafety

Population: Lifespan

Role: Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Multidisciplinary rapid response teams focus on patients’ emergent needs and manage critical situations to prevent avoidable deaths. Although research has focused primarily on outcomes, studies of the actual team effectiveness within the teams from multiple perspectives have been limited.


  • Identify 5 categories that encompass team effectiveness.
  • Discuss the components of an effective rapid response team (RRT).
  • Describe potential barriers to implementation of an RRT.

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