January 9, 2006
MAURY REGIONAL CRITICAL ASSESSMENT TEAM PROMOTES QUALITY CARE
On December 19, Maury Regional Hospital implemented a critical assessment team (CAT) as a result of their commitment to the 100,000 Lives Campaign initiated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. According to the hospital’s medical director, Charles Ball, M.D, the goal of the CAT team is to quickly provide a multidisciplinary medical team approach to identify and treat a patient whose condition may be deteriorating. The CAT response team includes a registered nurse (RN) with critical care skills, a respiratory therapist and a primary care RN.
“Early and rapid intervention promotes better patient outcomes. When a member of our front line staff sees signs indicating that a patient’s condition may be deteriorating, they page the critical assessment team,” said Ball. “The team is available to respond within five minutes and utilize their critical care skills necessary to assess the patient and report vital information to the physician.”
According to Ball, there are a multitude of benefits to having the CAT team available on a moment’s notice, including reducing cardiac and respiratory arrests, facilitating timely transfers to a higher level of care, and reducing patient intubations.
“Maury Regional Hospital’s commitment to quality care is one of the reasons we joined the 100,000 Lives Campaign initiated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The campaign encourages healthcare facilities that participate to implement quality improvement initiatives including the prevention of adverse drug events, central line infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia, as well as using evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction and rapid response teams like the one we’ve developed here,” said Ball.