JCAHO set to mandate rapid response teams in 2007
HCPro conference prepares facilities for potential National Patient Safety Goal

Contact: HCPro Customer Service
Phone: (800) 650-6787

MARBLEHEAD, MA USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- JANUARY 11, 2006: The advent of the new year means that healthcare organizations have only one year to implement rapid response teams (RRT) or run the risk of starting 2007 out of compliance with the JCAHO.

The Joint Commission last fall proposed several National Patient Safety Goals for 2007 and industry experts widely believe that the RRT measure will stick when the official announcement is made later this year. Implementing these "hospital SWAT teams" presents organizationwide challenges, but the benefits have proven time and again to be overwhelmingly worthwhile.

With the JCAHO leaning toward mandating this life-saving methodology, and an endorsement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign, RRTs are essentially mandatory. To help hospitals overcome the challenges associated with implementation, HCPro, Inc., has assembled three of the nation's foremost RRT experts for a conference that will teach facilities in just one day how to build teams and start saving more lives.

Attendance at the Rapid Response Team Retreat on Friday, March 3, will further your quest for top-notch patient safety and ensure that you're prepared to explain and implement this process at every level in your organization.

Our speakers will give you exactly what you need-proven strategies to implement an RRT in your facility. Attendees will walk away with practical advice, time-saving tips, and important lessons learned to avoid mistakes along the way. The program agenda includes everything from gaining leadership buy-in, collecting data, and training staff, to challenges, implementation, and results.

    Launching the Rapid Response Team
    • Garnering leadership and staff buy-in
    • Tailoring the response team to your size and resources
    • Structuring the team
    • Establishing response criteria
    • Pilot testing
    • Educating team members and the entire staff
    • Improving communication through SBAR
    • Using simulation training
    • Job shadowing
    The Rapid Response Team in Action
    • Varied roles of the RRT
    • Responding to a code
    • Documentation
    Data Collection and Monitoring Results
    • Collecting and charting data before, during, and after implementation
    • Monitoring response team results
    • Sharing results with staff and community
    Lessons Learned-A Panel Discussion
    • Successes, challenges, and mistakes from the field

Trudy Beyersdorf, RN, BSN, has been a critical care nurse for nine years and head critical care nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis for the past six years. Trudy also serves on Baptist's Critical Care Policy & Procedure Committee, the Nurse Practice Council, and the Critical Care Unit Practice Council. She is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Nancy Sanders, RN, BSN, is the performance improvement coordinator at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Nancy has 30 years of nursing experience, including 22 years as a nursing manager for a cardiac telemetry unit and 5 years in performance improvement. Nancy coordinates activities for collecting, measuring, and analyzing clinical process and outcome data; trains staff in performance improvement techniques; participates in safety team initiatives; facilitates Root Cause Analysis Teams; and participates in JCAHO readiness programs.

Kathy Duncan, is the point person for the rapid response team intervention of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign, and has been a nurse for 24 years. Kathy has served as director of critical care for a large community hospital where she led the initiative to develop and implement a rapid response team. She also initiated a systemwide effort to develop rapid response teams in the other 15 hospital entities in the Memphis, TN, hospital system and facilitates a community wide effort to develop rapid response teams in local hospitals.


For more information about Rapid Response Team Retreat, visit, call 800/650-6787, or e-mail

  • Directors of nursing
  • ICU nurses
  • Physician leaders
  • Performance improvement coordinators
  • Quality improvement coordinators
  • Patient safety directors
  • Directors of critical care medicine
  • Chief executive officers
  • Chief operating officers

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