A bedside nurse or a healthcare professionals may call a Rapid response team when their patient has some warning signs” “such as:

Heart rate of 130bpm or less than 45bpm.

Observe acute neurological changes.

Systolic Blood pressure less than 90mmHg.

Respiration of 8 or greater than 30.

New onset chest pain or unrelieved chest pain.

Unstable Dysrhythmias.

Patient need one on one monitoring due to physiological changes.

The patient is assessed by the bedside nurse and determined that the patient is unstable and meets one or two of the criteria stated above. RRT should be called immediately.

RRT consist of ICU nurses, Physician, Respiratory therapists.

The charge nurse will facilitate getting the crash cart at patient bedside.All the necessary equipments readily available.(Oxygen, oxygen tubing, ekg,Abg,AED,laboratory) Nursing Supervisor will encourage the RRT to respond on time by assessing the whole situational process,and bed availability .

Rapid Response team must report to patient bedside within 5minutes.

Patient primary nurse and ICU RN trained responder will perform assessment of patient with Respiratory therapist.

Everything is done and well documented. Education provided to patient families and the nurse.All interventions will be reported to patient primary care physician. Interventions given according to RRT policy.

What is RRT?.

A rapaid response team is a group of healthcare professionals compromising of ICU RN trained responders,Physicians,Respiratory therapists,nurses and supervisors.

Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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