We talked about some of the reasons why a nurse might be forced to go before the Board of Nursing on Podcast 343 (the last podcast). One of the reasons relates to clinical judgment. Certainly, in addition to Board actions, a nurse might find himself or herself in a courtroom because of decision making in a failure to rescue case.
Let’s take a step back and find out how rapid response teams developed. The concept of a rapid response team originated with a critical care nurse from New Zealand who recognized the need to bring resources to the bedside of a patient whose condition deteriorated before more serious events could occur. I met this nurse in Japan when she and I presented programs at the same International Council of Nurses conference.
Listen in as Pat Iyer chats about these points
- The purpose of a rapid response team
- The composition of a rapid response team
- Helping the attorney understand a failure to rescue case
- Early warning signs of clinical deterioration
- Medical Causes of early warning signs of clinical deterioration
- Legal Nurse Consultant assistance with failure to rescue cases
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So much of care is provided in ambulatory care settings. Surgeries that used to require a week of hospitalization are done on an outpatient basis.
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Pat Iyer has been a legal nurse consultant since 1987. She also built a successful LNC business that included testifying as an expert witness for 20 years.