Family Initiated Rapid Response Team

Nurses General Nursing


Was wondering is anyone using family initiated rapid response? If so, how do you educate them how and when to do it? What about abuse of the system? How is it working?



Thanks for the responses so far....

it seems that this program was instituted at John's Hopkins after a little girl named Josie King died due to a series of hospital errors and poor communication. The parents re-invested in the hospital with the lawsuit winnings in an effort to prevent future deaths when a parent or family member doesn't feel like their concerns are being listened to. There isn't very much in the way of literature on the subject.

Thanks again,


Is that the little girl who died of dehydration after they stopped her fluids and kept her NPO? If it's the case I'm thinking of, we had to watch a video about it. I don't remember the details other than what I said and that she drank a ton of juice one day and that by the time they realized that she was that dehydrated, it was too late. Or am I thinking of something different?

Specializes in ER/EHR Trainer.

Well, it might be the same one....Josie King was 18mos old when she died at John's Hopkins due to dehydration and after her mother kept saying there was something wrong. It was found that the healthcare personnel through poor communication allowed her to become very dehydrated and no one listened to her mother. There was a large lawsuit, and the King family has provided endowments and education so that it will never happen again. My research showed that Pittsburgh Shadyside instituted the first Condition H after the VP of Patient Care heard Sorrel King speak during an Institute of Health seminar and decided that as a group, healthcare could do better as patient advocates.

We'll see, personally I think there are never enough eyes and ears.



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