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Digital Seminar

Rapid Response for Imminent Clinical Deterioration

Douglas Stephens, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Oct 03, 2023
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Rapid response systems are an invaluable tool for healthcare professionals. They provide a way to quickly and efficiently respond to emergencies in hospitals, allowing medical personnel to quickly assess the situation and take action. The rapid response system is designed to minimize the time it takes for medical staff to respond, often saving precious minutes that could make all the difference. Healthcare providers can also use this system to contact appropriate healthcare personnel for further assistance. By taking a proactive approach to emergency care, healthcare providers can give patients the best possible chance at recovery. Rapid response systems have become essential for hospitals and medical centers worldwide. 

In addition to helping reduce response times and improve patient outcomes, rapid response systems benefit healthcare providers. By promptly accessing the appropriate personnel and resources, healthcare providers can provide better care with fewer delays. With so many positive benefits to rapid response systems, it is no wonder that they have become an integral part of modern healthcare. 


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

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This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Douglas Stephens, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC's Profile

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Douglas Stephens, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, is an associate professor in the graduate program at Jacksonville State University. He is the lead faculty for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track and is nationally certified as an adult acute care nurse practitioner, with clinical practice experience in critical care medicine. He continues to pursue opportunities to improve patient outcomes for imminent declining patients, using ACLS evidence in all patient populations.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Douglas Stephens has employment relationships with Birmingham Hospital and Jacksonville State University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Douglas Stephens is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.



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  1. Differentiate between the roles and benefits of different rapid response models of care. 
  2. Determine the criteria to activate a rapid response system. 
  3. Recognize the early warning signs of acutely deteriorating patients. 
  4. Initiate Goals of Care Discussions, as part of the rapid response.


Rapid Response Models – Roles, Prose & Cons 

  • Medical Emergency Team 
  • Critical Outreach Service 
  • Rapid Response Team 
  • Patient/Family Initiated Rapid Response 
  • Track and Trigger warning System 

The Criteria for Activating Rapid Response 

  • Vital sign changes 
  • Physical exam assessment change 
  • Acute neurological changes 
  • Healthcare staff significant concern 

The Early Warning Score 

The "Afferent" and "Efferent" of Rapid Response 

Incorporation of Goals of Care 


Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants


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