Rapid response team
Glossary Item Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Glossary Item|
|Synonymous names:||RRT team; Team providing a rapid response|
A team of designated clinical staff trained to respond rapidly to urgent calls for help when it is suspected or apparent that a patient is experiencing serious clinical deterioration.
|Context:||Admitted patient care.|
Collection and usage attributes
The goal of the rapid response team (RRT) is early recognition and response to change in a patient’s condition, and to prevent further deterioration and to decide if enhanced levels of care are appropriate (for example, in the high-dependency or intensive care units). The RRT call is a formal hospital-based system, designed for a staff member to alert and call designated RRT staff for help when a patient’s vital signs have fallen outside safe criteria.
Medical emergency teams are one of the 3 main 'rapid response systems' currently in practice in Australian hospitals for delivering emergency health-care assistance. The other 2 are critical care outreach, which may involve external clinicians and resources, and intensive care liaison nurses.
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
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Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response call date
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response call date, DDMMYYYY
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response call time
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response call time, hhmm
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response outcome
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response outcome, code N[N]
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response team type
Episode of admitted patient care—rapid response team type, code N
High priority hospital complications (patient clinical deterioration) NBPDS 2015-