Rapid Response Systems for Small Hospitals
AUDIOCONFERENCE ON CD OR AUDIO ON-DEMAND
Sponsored by Briefings on Patient Safety
presented on May 14, 2008
Are you struggling for the resources necessary to create an effective rapid response system?
All hospitals must have a way to respond to patients' worsening conditions in place by January 2009 in order to remain accredited by The Joint Commission, and certain deadlines must be met during 2008. Implementing this critical fast-responder system often proves a big challenge for rural hospitals struggling with limited staff and resources.
Receive the answers you need!
You can be sure your facility is ready by listening to HCPro's 90-minute audioconference: Rapid Response Systems for Small Hospitals: Tips and Tools to Overcome a Lack of Resources. This program breaks down the key components of creating an effective system, and provides suggestions for initiating the culture change necessary to ensure success. You’ll also benefit from hearing a real-life example of a successful rural rapid response system.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE AGENDA:
I. Small hospitals and rapid response systems
a. The case for rapid response in this setting
b. Methods to collect data around rapid response: Before and during implementation
II. Implementation of key components
a. Challenge areas and how to overcome
III. Case Study: East Texas Medical Center
1. Plan – Come up with a strategy
2. Do – Educate staff, stress teamwork, documentation
3. Check – Look at codes and mortality
4. Act – Implement changes
b. Discussion of documentation and training tools
IV. Creating a rapid response system culture change
At the conclusion of this audioconference, you will be able to:
1. Recognize why rapid response is appropriate for small hospitals
2. Learn data collection techniques around the process
3. Formulate a plan for creating a rapid response system culture change
4. Recognize best practices for implementing key components of rapid response system success
5. Identify challenging issues with rapid response systems and how to overcome them
6. Implement tips and tools from East Texas Medical Center to improve rapid response systems
In addition to the expertise and advice presented during this audioconference, you'll also receive a slide presentation of the program materials and:
1. Sample documentation chart
2. List of resources
These materials are provided with PDF links.
WHO SHOULD LISTEN?
Risk managers, quality improvement specialists, nurse managers, patient safety officers, chief nursing officers, CEO, ER staff, survey coordinators
Melissa Lehman, RN, MSN, CPHQ, currently serves as the Director of Quality and Risk Management at East Texas Medical Center Quitman, in Quitman, Texas. She’s been in nursing for 25 years, and has worked in multiple states with a wide variety of organizations. Her vast experience with adults and geriatrics has been in medical-surgical acute care, long term acute care, and critical care settings. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2006. She’s a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and is a member of ANA, and is active in the Texas Nurses Association, serving on the Bylaws Committee. She is a member of Signa Theta Tau, Iota Nu Chapter, a member of the Texas Association of Healthcare Quality, and serves on the local association (East Texas Association of Healthcare Quality) board of directors. She has a passion for nursing and patient safety.
Kathy Duncan, RN, is currently a faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is currently working on the 5 Million Lives Campaign as well as a faculty member for the Improving Outcomes for High Risk and Critically Ill Patients Innovation Community She is responsible for the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers and Deploying Rapid Response Team Interventions. Most recently, she served as the faculty expert for the rapid response team intervention for IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign in 2004-2006. She has served in a variety of staff and management positions, most recently as Director of Critical Care for a large community hospital. As Director of Critical care she led a Critical Care Initiative to decrease mortality and morbidity in the ICU, reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and ICU length of stay. Most recently she led the initiative to develop and implement a Rapid Response Team in a large tertiary community hospital, which has demonstrated the ability to prevent deaths in patients outside the critical care setting. This team has reduced overall hospital mortality rate and dramatically increased survival rate after cardiac/respiratory arrest. While in Memphis she facilitated a system wide effort to develop Rapid Response Teams in the other 15 hospital entities in the hospital system and facilitates a community wide effort to develop Rapid Response Teams in competitor hospitals, currently all hospitals in the Metropolitan Memphis area have implemented a Rapid Response Team..
In addition to the regular purchase option for HCPro audioconferences, we are pleased to offer another option, an audio on-demand. Audio on-demand allows you to download the program and play it back at your convenience through your computer or MP3 player. Purchase a CD or audio archive of the program and listen when you can. It's also a perfect training tool for new staff or as a refresher for veteran staff.
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