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Rapid Response: Avoiding Failure to Rescue

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Course Description

This comprehensive day course will provide the bedside nurse and members of the rapid response team (RRT) with the tools necessary to recognize clinical deterioration and avert failure to rescue. The course will begin with an overview of the rapid response system (RRS) and the subsequent development of an RRT. This is followed by an overview of the roles for the bedside caregiver and members of the RRT. Detailed scenarios will be presented that will challenge the attendee to critically think through the process of assessment, identification of the problem and then strategies for management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify early warning signs of clinical deterioration.
  • List the indicators for the implementation of the RRS.
  • List appropriate assessment and differentials for selected clinical crises.
  • Discuss current evidence-based management strategies.
  • Evaluate current research results for the RRS.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Rapid Response Teams in Today’s Healthcare Environment
    Functions of the RRT | Current Research Data | Roles of the Bedside Nurse | Who are the Team Members
  • Assessment and Differential
    Initial Head to Toe Assessment | Front-to-Back 90-Second Assessment | Review of Labs, CXR and ABGs
  • The Patient with Chest Pain
    Assessment/Differential | Acute Coronary Syndromes | Immediate Management | Reperfusion Strategies | Pharmacotherapy
  • The Patient Who is Short of Breath
    Assessment/Differential | PE, Asthma Exacerbation | Hemo/Pneumo/Tension-Thorax Chest Wall Abnormality | Indications for Intubation | Rapid Sequence Intubation Techniques | Acute Decompensated Heart Failure | Pharmacotherapies 
  • The Patient with a Change in Mental Status
    Assessment/Differential—Labs, ABC, CT Scan | Stroke: Prepare for the Stroke Team | Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome | Pulmonary Compromise: Ventilatory Failure | Endocrine Emergencies