Carlinville Area Hospital has joined a growing number of hospitals working to reduce the number of in-hospital life-threatening events by building a Rapid Response Team (RRT). It’s an approach described by some experts as a lot like making sure a brush fire doesn’t start in the first place rather than waiting to put out a forest fire. The idea is to prevent life-threatening situations from happening and protect the patient.
The concept of rapid response teams is one of six quality improvement changes recommended by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. IHI is leading a nationwide initiative to promote specific life-saving healthcare improvement methods.
The Carlinville Area Hospital Rapid Response Team consists of an emergency department physician, emergent care nurse, respiratory therapist and nursing supervisor. Patients may contact the RRT by calling dialing 777 via an in-house phone.