Patient Safety: Review of Rapid Response Team Activation & Interventions

Have you ever found yourself in a decision limbo while providing care to a clinically deteriorating acute care patient? Deciding when to activate the rapid response team can be nerve wrecking when you are not sure which patient physiological symptoms warrant a call to the team and actions to take while waiting for the team to arrive. This CE will provide you with a clinical guide on when to call for help and steps you can take to optimize patient care outcomes.

Session objectives:

  1. Summarize the Rapid Response Team (RRT) general purpose, structure, roles, implementation, and actions
  2. Recognize early signs, symptoms, and underlying pathophysiology of the most common causes of acute physiologic deterioration in the acute care patient
  3. Prioritize nursing interventions for the at-risk or deteriorating acute care patient prior to and during an RRT event

Participants that complete the CE presentation and post-test/evaluation in their entirety and pass the post- test with 80% or higher will receive an electronic certificate via email. RNs completing the activity will receive 1.5 contact hours of continuing education.

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.




COST: This CE is FREE for MNA members and $20 for non-members.

POST-TEST: Complete the post-test & evaluation response form and make your payment ONLINE by clicking here.


  • Participants who achieve a minimum passing score of 80% will receive a certificate awarding 1.5 contact hours.
  • Participants who do not achieve a passing score will have the option to gain success with the material by repeating the material and test at no additional cost.


TeamSTEPPS® Rapid Response Systems Guide –

TeamSTEPPS® Rapid Response Systems Training Videos –

Burke, J., Downey, C., Almoudaris, A. (2020). Failure to rescue deteriorating patients: A systematic review of root causes and improvement strategies.  Journal of Patient Safety. 1-16.

Braaten, J.S. et al. (2015). Rapidly increasing rapid response team activation rates. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41(9), 421-427. doi: 10.1016/s1553-7250(15)41054-2