Designing a critical care nurse–led rapid response team using only available resources: 6 years later.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
This quality improvement initiative created a nurse-led rapid response team without additional staff costs. According to this study, a lower proportion of cardiac arrests occurred outside the intensive care unit (ICU) following implementation, but the concurrent addition of 26 ICU beds makes the finding difficult to interpret. The literature remains mixed regarding the benefits of rapid response teams.