Rapid Response Teams No Substitute for Wrong Bed Assignment

The disastrous cascade that results when patients are mistakenly assigned beds outside the intensive care unit only to have their conditions deteriorate is the topic of a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

1 comments on "Rapid Response Teams No Substitute for Wrong Bed Assignment"
S. Bork (10/3/2010 at 7:21 PM)

Sorry but this assessment is way off base. Rapid response teams have no basis in development from a bed shortage issue and I assume the gentlemen's response came from poor institutional guidelines or failing bed management at Hopkins. Many patients have been averted a downturn in their condition due to quick response (Rapid Response Teams) by care givers, and some cases families who noticed that "something was not right". Maybe a post op bleed from a low risk lap procedure, or a medication reaction from a new antibiotic.[INVALID]neither requiring an ICU bed. Poor bed management should be a problem of the past. Proper policies and procedures, best practices, skilled personnel and other practices all but eliminate disastrous bed back ups. I suggest JAMA tend to less destructive articles criticizing processes that work great, head off disastrous situations, and are excellent tools in empowering staff, patients and families to raise the quality of healthcare delivered in thousands of hospitals across america.


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