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100,000 Lives Campaign Saves An Estimated 122,300 Lives! (pdf)

The IHI 100,000 Lives campaign saved an estimated 122,300 lives. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement announced June 14, 2006 that the campaign goal – to prevent 100,000 avoidable hospital deaths – was exceeded. Tremendous efforts were put forth toward this all-voluntary initiative, enrolling over 3000 hospitals. Read the IHI press release here, and check out for more information.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): 100K Lives Campaign (

Read about the historic 100k Lives Campaign from IHI – the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 3,100 hospitals joined IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign – Did your hospital join? The initiative engaged U.S. hospitals in a commitment to implement changes proven to improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths. The original Campaign (January 2005 to June 14, 2006) offered assistance with Rapid Response Teams, heart attack care, adverse drug events, central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Links to the First Campaign (succeeded by the 5 Million Lives Campaign Dec. 2006 to Dec. 2008). Led by Donald Berwick, MD and a talented IHI team

JAMA Article – Effect of a Rapid Response Team in Children’s Hospital

JAMA article on Rapid Response Teams(RRTs) in a Children’s Hospital. RRTs were shown to have a statistically significant improvement on Hospital-wide Mortality (18% lower) and Code Rates Outside the ICU (72% lower). Study period began 2001, with RRTs in place from Sept. 2005 to March 31, 2007. Rate of RRT calls was about 20 per 1000 pediatric admissions. Study at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA. Article by Sharek, Parast et al, was published by JAMA, Nov. 21, 2007.

Rapid Response Team Materials (IHI, 100K Lives Campaign) Editor's Pick

Rapid Response Team materials are available free, from from the IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign. Everything you need to know, on the original six interventions of the 100K Lives Campaign, including Rapid Response Teams. RRTs were pioneered in Australia, then applied across the United States as small, mobile, critical care units who come to the bedside BEFORE the patient has a cardiac arrest. Since survival of a Code Blue might only be 17%-18%, finding new ways to prevent arrests can save lives. Site includes easy-to-read fact sheets for patients and families

CEOs: Ten Essentials about Rapid Response Teams (RRTs)

RAPID RESPONSE TEAMS: Ten Essentials Leaders Need to Know describes the role chief executive leadership plays in the success of rapid response teams in hospitals. Article by Gretchen Dahlen and Betsy Benz outlines saving 60,000 lives as part of IHI’s 100,000 Lives Campaign. Published in the July-August 2006 issue of Healthcare Executive journal, based on a presentation at the national ACHE Congress (American College of Healthcare Executives).

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