A Brief History of Rapid Response Emergency Systems
November 18, 2019
A Conversation between Dr. Michael DeVita and Dr. Ken Hillman
Rapid response emergency systems have become a critical tool in the fight to prevent patient fatalities in hospitals via the early detection and management of cardiac events and other critical events. But although the importance of rapid response is now widely acknowledged throughout the global medical community, this wasn’t always the case.
In this podcast from EarlySense, Dr. Michael DeVita and Dr. Ken Hillman, two pioneers in the development of rapid response systems (RRS), discuss the revelations that led to their individual efforts to develop RRS, and the challenges they faced implementing rapid response in hospitals that were less than receptive to their calls for change.
The two physicians also talk about the development of the clinical guidelines that would form the foundation of RRS, taking inspiration from Florence Nightingale, and how the rapid response textbook and conference circuit they created evolved into an international movement.
For those working within the hospital system, the conversation offers an illuminating perspective into the challenge of culture change and shifting perspectives within an entrenched medical community. It’s an equally fascinating listen for those outside the medical profession, who stand to gain a keener understanding of the ongoing effort to ensure the safety of patients inside hospitals. We invite you to listen to it for free via the links below.
About Dr. Michael DeVita
An accomplished, widely published physician, Dr. DeVita brings more than three decades of clinical expertise to this podcast series. As head of the critical care response system at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. DeVita was a key figure in the development of rapid response emergency systems in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He’s also worked as Medical Director of Critical Care Medicine for New York City’s Harlem Hospital, where he was responsible for the medical crisis response system.
Along with fellow pioneer Rinaldo Bellomo, Dr. Hillman and Dr. DeVita are also co-editors of the groundbreaking “Textbook of Rapid Response Systems,” which has recently been translated into Chinese, and has also serviced as the blueprint for the development of rapid response in hospitals in countries ranging from the U.S. and Canada to Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Denmark, Ireland and the UK.
About Dr. Ken Hillman
Internationally recognized as a pioneer in the development of rapid response emergency systems, Dr. Ken Hillman is a professor of intensive care and foundation director at the Simpson Centre for Health Services Research at the South Western Sydney (SWS) Clinical School at the University of New South Wales, which is affiliated with the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
In addition to being an actively practicing ICU physician, Dr. Hillman has published many journal articles and textbook chapters, as well as two books of his own, “Vital Signs: Stories from Intensive Care” and “A Good Life to the End.” He has also conducted a TED talk at the Sydney Opera House on the topic of treating critically ill patients, and has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work.