Abstract 126: The Impact of Rapid Response Team Training on Team Dynamics and Provider Self-Confidence
Introduction Rapid Response Team (RRT) training is essential to early recognition and management of the critically ill patient. Using the Rapid Response Team Training curriculum (SimMedical and Laerdal Medical), we trained all of the members of the Rapid Response Team of a large specialty surgical hospital. This course discusses the rationale for rapid response training and emphasizes teamwork with a special focus on cooperation and communication.
Purpose To determine the impact of a Rapid Response Team Training Course on team confidence and team dynamics during a patient crisis event.
Methods From January - March 2011, RRT staff participated in three separate trainings. A total of 30 practitioners were trained (22 RN's, 7 ARNP's, 1 PA). After an initial 1 hour didactic session, teams of 5-6 learners participated in 4 immersive scenarios utilizing high fidelity simulation. Team performance was evaluated using a checklist and global rating scale. Scenarios were each followed by a video-based debriefing. Self confidence was assessed pre- and post-course using a Likert scale [1 (Not Confident) to 5 (Very Confident)]. Statistical analysis was performed using Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test.
Results Overall confidence when responding to a crisis, confidence as a team leader, and communication all had statistically significant improvement from pre-course to post-course. Raters noted considerable improvement from the initial simulation exercise to the last. Learners were very satisfied with the course; each component received an average of 5 out of 5. All participants stated they would highly recommend this course to others and many requested similar trainings in the future.
Conclusion Rapid Response Team Training significantly improved the confidence of team members in responding to a crisis. Team communication and cooperation improved from the first scenario to the fourth. The 4-hour high-fidelity simulation course was well received by all participants.
- © 2011 by American Heart Association, Inc.