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Digital Seminar

Failure to Rescue: Replace Fear with Courage and Action

Susan Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, PMD
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 09, 2023
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“Failure to Rescue: Replacing Fear with Courage and Action” is designed for healthcare Rapid Response Teams. Focusing on empowered teams in emergency situations, the presentation unpacks primal responses, the crucial role of in-patient responders, patient acuity, and early warning systems. Attendees will learn about the Visual Acuity Scale application, self-efficacy rescue drills, tricks to teaching proper use of emergency equipment, and the significance of teamwork in high-performance resuscitation. You will cultivate a readiness mindset and gain the transformative power of courage and action to enhance patient outcomes.


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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 1.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

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Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 1.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 1.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

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AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 11/9/2023. It was last reviewed on 11/2/2023 and is valid until 11/02/2026


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 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


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 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 11/9/2023. It was last reviewed on 11/2/2023 and is valid until 11/02/2026.


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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This self-study activity qualifies for 1.0 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.



Susan Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, PMD's Profile

Susan Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, PMD Related seminars and products

Dr. Susan Davis, a DNP, MSN, RN, PMD, has dedicated her career to promoting excellence in life-saving resuscitation practices, drawing from her extensive experience in the American Heart Association, US hospitals, simulation and rescue response programs. Through her work, she and her team have trained over 50,000 healthcare professionals in basic, advanced, and pediatric resuscitation response, improving code blue team performance.

Dr. Davis is the creator of CodePRep™, a program that provides rapid and efficient code blue training from Rapid Response Teams (RRT), simulation centers, nurses and healthcare professionals, aimed at enhancing Basic Life Support (BLS) – empowered resuscitation performance.

Her goal is to create a national network of high-performance resuscitation communities, businesses, schools, and healthcare organizations that offer continuous code blue team training, encouraging and empowering everyone to respond with utmost confidence and proficiency. Because if you have a heart, you’re already qualified!

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Susan Davis is the CEO and founder of CodePRep and has an employment relationship with Lee Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Susan Davis is a member of the Shell Coast Chapter of AACN.

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  1. Recognize primal fear responses in emergent situations to mitigate them for improved patient care.
  2. Analyze the perception gap between in-patient and critical care teams.
  3. Plan for early recognition of patient deterioration, using Early Warning Systems and the Visual Acuity Scale.
  4. Evaluate the importance of teamwork, effective use of emergency equipment, and coordination in forming a high-performance BLS Rapid Response Team.


The Primal Fear Response
  • Define the fight, flight, or freeze response
  • Discuss its impact on healthcare professionals in emergencies
  • Importance of training to mitigate these responses
Vital Contribution of In-Patient Responders
  • Explore the in-patient responders’ role in ‘critical’ situations
  • The role of the Basic Life Support (BLS) RRT
  • Case studies to illustrate the real-world application
Patient Acuity: Bridging the Perception Gap between In-Patient and Critical Care Teams
  • Patient acuity concept: Identifying sick vs. not sick
  • Differing perceptions and the need for harmonization
Lead the Change: The Role of Rapid Response Teams
  • Mindset differences between in-patient and critical care teams
  • Strategies to bridge the gap: Empower non-critical care teams
  • Leadership of rapid response teams in this transformation
Develop High-Performance Readiness through Recognition
  • Timely recognition and response in patient survival
  • Function of early warning systems in rapid response situations
  • Use the Visual Acuity Scale to detect early deterioration
Master Emergency Equipment: Defibrillators and More
  • Importance of equipment familiarity in emergencies
  • Explore defibrillator functions and features through a non-critical care lens
  • Tips and tricks for quick and effective ways to create a defibrillator comfort zone
Create a Highly Effective Basic Life Support (BLS) Rapid Response Team
  • Role definition and responsibilities within a BLS rapid response team
  • Coordinated teamwork in successful patient outcomes
  • Case study: Implement the ‘red carpet’ approach
Empower Teams through Unit-Based Rescue Drills
  • The significance of hands-on practice for confidence building
  • Foster a culture of ownership and excellence
  • Demonstrate real-world impact – Cardiac arrest case study
Assemble a High-Performance Resuscitation Approach
  • The ‘pit crew’ approach: Emphasizing teamwork and coordination
  • Assign roles and expectations for each team member
  • The collective impact of an entire community/culture/system in life-saving
Encourage Confidence and Action for Effective Emergency Response
  • Role of confidence and self-efficacy in survival rates
  • The goal: High-performance rapid response teams trained in BLS/ACLS
  • The critical connection between confidence, ACTION, and survival rates

Target Audience

  • Nurses 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants


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