The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

A ONE YEAR REVIEW OF RESPIRATORY CARE SUPPORT FOR AN ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER RRT PROGRAM.

Sarah Molchan, Jhaymie L. Cappiello, Jan Thalman, Neil MacIntyre; Duke University Hospital, Raleigh, NC

Background: The growth of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) since the 2004 recommendation by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has been analyzed extensively. The focus of these studies have been impact on morbidity/mortality, number of non ICU codes, health providersÂ’ perception of patient safety and quality of education for critical decision making. Evaluating respiratory care support in RRTs may help department planning in resource allocation, staffing and training. We retrospectively reviewed all RRTsÂ’ responded to by our respiratory care department for 2011 and measured interventions by the practitioners. Method: We electronically reviewed all Rapid Response patients that had Respiratory Therapy (RT) documented interventions for 2011 (n=671 or an average of 1.83/day). Respiratory therapy interventions were considered RRT related if documented 15 minutes before RRT initiation time and up to 60 minutes following. Allotted minutes for each activity were based on institutionally approved time standards. Table reports averages for all RT activities at the 671 RRT events. Results: See Table Conclusion: This review supports the need for ready available skilled RT practitioners for critical care management and the requisite equipment for RRTs. Sponsored Research - None RESULTS