Rapid Mortality Review in the Intensive Care Unit: An In-Person, Multidisciplinary Improvement Initiative

Author(s): Kristin E. Schwab, MD, Wendy Simon, MD, Myrtle Yamamoto, RN, Anna Dermenchyan, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Xueqing Xu, MSN, RN, Yuhan Kao, MSN, RN, Alexander Zider, MD, Faisal Shaikh, MD, Bryan Garber, MD, MS, Elinor Lee, MD, Zafia Anklesaria, MD, G. Sofia Nelson, MD, Allison Ramsey, MD, and Thanh H. Neville, MD, MSHS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2024

Topics: Patient Safety, Quality Improvement

Role: APRN

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This paper explores a mortality review process that is effective at identifying cases with care concerns and action items for improvement.


  • Understand the advantages of face-to-face interviews, as compared to other review processes, for hospital mortality reviews.
  • Identify common areas of care concerns for patients who dies in the intensive care unit.
  • Appreciate how mortality review represents an opportunity for quality improvement in the hospital.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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