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Rapid response in the clinic

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Does anyone have some sort of response team in a small clinic? Whenever we have code purples (i.e someone passes out during a blood draw) it seems like 50 people show up and it's chaos. I suggested a RRT but then all the "what if's" started. What if the RRT nurse is in patient care? What if the physician is at lunch?

Does anyone have a system that works? I was a RRT nurse for 5 years inpatient so I'm not used to the outpatient side of things.

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I'm no expert.... hopefully you don't have that many RRT incidents.  Even in the hospital RRT do patient care and go to lunch. The few moments it should take to tell a patient you are needed for an emergency and a coworker will take over, and someone at lunch just has to finish their lunch later. Or if they leave the facility for lunch assign a coworker to cover for them.

 

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I work in a busy Ambulatory Care clinic, and we have RRTs all the time. Typically, it is only one-to-two ER RNs and an RT. In our hospital, a RRT is meant to be a low key event: it is not advertised over the hospital intercom. The ER RN who shows up decides whether it should be a full-blown Code, or the patient should be transported to ER before it comes to that (which is always what happens). There are no MD who show up, or 100 Residents wanting to get their hands dirty. RRTs should be on the DL, until they need to be upgraded.

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