Medical Response Team Volume (MRT)

At Le Bonheur, we have a Medical Response Team (MRT) in place. This group of medical professionals can be called by parents or staff to provide immediate attention when a patient’s condition suddenly changes.

If a parent or staff member feels like the child’s condition needs immediate attention, a special phone number can be called and a specialized medical team will respond to check on the child. This is similar to calling 911. Some emergencies that may require a Medical Response Team may include:

  • A “gut feeling” that something is wrong
  • A significant change in the child’s condition
  • The child is not “acting” right
  • The child is not breathing right

Why Medical Response Teams are important

Medical Response Teams:

  • provide additional support to parents and staff in the hospital outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  • include highly trained individuals who can reduce uncertainty and delay in medical emergencies.
  • have the ability to bring life-saving care to the bedside within minutes.

Measuring MRT use helps us

  • Understand how well we are recognizing changes in a patient’s condition
  • Analyze how we are utilizing our Medical Response Teams
  • Track the contributions to improving care. For instance, if the hospital reduces the number of patients that have a code outside the ICU, then at the same time the number of Medical Response Teams should increase.