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Critical Events in Patient Care: Anticipate, Respond & Overcome
Critical Events in Patient Care: Anticipate, Respond & Overcome


When:  Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Course Description:
A Code Blue for a medical emergency launches a wave of immediate action throughout the clinical team. However, a patient who is at risk often shows subtle signs of deterioration up to six hours before healthcare providers become aware of the situation and treatment is instituted. In recent years, many hospitals have implemented rapid response teams (RRTs) in order to widen the response window, avoid catastrophic events and rescue patients who are deteriorating outside of the intensive care units. This seminar will give you insights, tools and techniques you can use to help your team perform at its best.

We invite you to spend a day with Lynn Smith, a Critical Care Nurse Specialist with direct experience leading and training rapid response teams. You will learn how to capitalize on the first critical minutes of a rapid response event, utilizing the latest standards and guidelines from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and others. Lynn will share with you practical approaches to focused assessment, differential diagnoses, and initial patient response. She will also provide you with effective RRT performance metrics, evaluation and best practice protocols. You will leave with a renewed confidence in your ability to make a difference in a patient's outcome during a rapid response event.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Define the goals of the RRT, as delineated in the "5 Million Lives Saved" campaign.
  2. Analyze symptom specific protocols for best practice.
  3. Discuss medications that are commonly administered to abort a crisis.
  4. Identify outcome measures and documentation that can be used to define the value of the program.
  5. Analyze communication and documentation tools to achieve optimal outcomes.
  6. Apply specific assessment techniques and critical analyses to provide information to differentiate different etiologies of similar symptoms.
  7. Compare and contrast RRT structure and personnel roles in order to meet the needs of your hospital.
  8. Discuss best practices that can be shared with colleagues to improve national statistics.


Lynn W. Smith has nursing experience that includes more than 20 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, during which time she collaborated in interdisciplinary teams to write and implement protocols for patient safety and fall prevention. In her role as nursing supervisor, she promoted continuity of care for best patient outcomes. She has served as an active member of the research council and continues to support nursing research and incorporation of evidence-based practice into nursing.

Additionally, Lynn teaches in the nursing department at Northern Kentucky University, interweaving Quality and Safety Education in Nursing into the curriculum for the next generation of nurses.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lynn W. Smith has an employment relationship with Northern Kentucky University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lynn W. Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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