Rapid Response Teams became a hospital standard in 2004 after a campaign by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. The intention was to reduce hospital morbidity and mortality by bringing the resources to the bedside that match the patient’s needs in a timely fashion. Rapid Response Teams, or RRTs, are now integral to most hospital operations. However, a wide variety of practices surround RRTs within a healthcare system, including team composition, the scope of interventions, team training, and administrative support. RRTs have not been shown to correlate strongly with reducing morbidity and mortality. Although RRTs may not reduce morbidity & mortality significantly, they do bring critical care expertise to the bedside of the deteriorating patient. One of the leading reasons for RRTs in a community hospital is hypotension. However, interventions to treat hypotension are limited. Evidence recommends goal-directed fluid management reduces renal and respiratory failure while improving patient outcomes in select patient populations (Douglas et al., 2020). Should RRTs utilize tools to treat patients by goal-directed fluid management?
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"Goal-Directed Hemodynamics in Rapid Response Teams,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 121.
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