Rapid response teams (RRT) include on-call multidisciplinary specialists, including these caregivers shown on East ICU. From left are Greta Wiedemann, critical care nurse; faculty critical care specialist Ann Weinacker, team leader of the RRT initiative; Allen Namath, critical care fellow; and Vicki Woods, respiratory therapist.
The Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) Rapid Response Team (RRT) will begin operating in November following the approval of the SHC administrative policy for the RRT by the SHC Medical Board in November.
The implementation of RRTs in US hospitals is a patient safety initiative of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign. SHC has been planning for its RRT for six months.
The SHC RRT can be activated by nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who provide patient care at Stanford Hospital. RRT activation does not require a physician's order or permission. (see story)