As a proposed JCAHO patient safety goal, many hospitalists have become involved in rapid response teams, although their value has not been definitely proven. In the prospective single-center cohort, implementation of a rapid response team did not result in any significant change in hospital-wide codes or death (abstract). However, given that each hospital will vary in the composition and alert triggers for their rapid response teams, institutional outcome evaluations are critical to determine the value of individual institution’s teams.
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.