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Critical care outreach, Early response team, In-hospital cardiac arrest, Rapid response teams



  1. Genardi, Mary Ellen MSN, RN
  2. Cronin, Sherill Nones PhD, RN, BC
  3. Thomas, LaDonna RN


It is estimated that only 17% of patients survive an in-hospital cardiac arrest. Yet, more lives could be saved if the early signs of clinical deterioration were detected and promptly addressed on a consistent basis. Current evidence suggests that the creation and implementation of a rapid response team can have a positive effect on mortality and morbidity. However, to achieve these results, bedside caregivers must have access to a highly functioning, efficient team with whom they consult regularly in appropriate patient care situations. This article describes one hospital's efforts to rejuvenate its team to achieve the best possible outcomes for its patients and staff.