- Staff worried about patient
- Acute change in heart rate
- Acute change in systolic blood pressure
- Acute change in respiratory rate
- Acute drop in O2 saturation
- Acute change in mental status
- Drop in urine output
- New, repeated, or prolonged seizures
- Fractional inspired oxygen of 50% or greater
- Failure to respond to treatment for an acute problem/symptoms
The composition of RRTs varies from hospital to hospital. A team typically consists of 2-3 people who are assigned to flexible responsibilities within the facility. The team may consist of respiratory therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, critical care nurses, intensivist (critical care doctors), hospitalists (physicians employed within a facility to provide inpatient care) or residents. The team’s role is to assess and stabilize the patient, assist with communication with the attending physician, educate and support the nursing staff and family, and assist with transfer to another level of care, if needed.
The rapid response team serves a vital role, but not all hospitals have them. An attorney investigating a claim involving a delay in treating a life threatening crisis should look into the the events that led up to the complication or situation. Med League provides expert witnesses with expertise in evaluating such cases. Call us for assistance.
Patricia Iyer MSN RN LNCC is president of Med League.