Pediatric Rapid Response Team at Yale Reduces Cardiorespiratory Arrests

Clifford Bogue, M.D.

Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital have been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for implementing a rapid response team that aims to reduce the numbers of cardiorespiratory arrests in pediatric patients.

Cardiorespiratory arrests, in which respiration and circulation stops, is usually associated with adults, but also affects about seven percent of pediatric patients. Rapid response teams made up of ICU nurses and physicians can immediately evaluate any child upon request by any staff member. These teams help identify earlier signs that a child may be in trouble. The Rapid Response Team at Yale-New Haven Hospital was created in 2004.

“We are one of the first pediatric hospitals in the country to have instituted this system, which is a key component of The Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 lives campaign,” said Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Critical Care Medicine Clifford Bogue, M.D. “This has resulted in a remarkable 50 percent decrease in cardiorespiratory arrests outside of the pediatric Intensive care unit.”

Yale-New Haven Hospital has also been named a Mentor Hospital by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. As a result, faculty members in pediatrics will serve as a resource for training in this area to other children’s hospitals around the country.

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