McNeill, Margaret M. PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN-K, CCNS, TCRN, CPAN, NE-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN; Archer, Susan DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN; Remsburg, Dana MSN, RN, CCRN; Storer, Jill BSN, RN; Rudman, Heather BSN, RN
October/December 2019, Volume 34, Issue 4; Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 34(4):325-329, October/December 2019
Using a rapid response team (RRT) and quality champion (QC) nurses at a community hospital provides benefits not entirely captured by analysis of mortality data. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived benefits of the RRT at our facility and behaviors and activities observed during actual RRT responses. This was a mixed-method study including qualitative (interviews, focus groups, and surveys) and quantitative (retrospective chart reviews) data collection. Benefits of the RRT-QC registered nurse were extensive. Observations showed support, education, and teamwork in an effort to improve outcomes and support clinicians.