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Critical Care Response Team (CCRT) course

Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs), also known as Medical Emergency Teams or Rapid Response Teams, are a major innovation in hospital practice. CCRTs have gained global recognition for their capacity to improve patient safety and critical care access, while also using hospital resources more efficiently.

Critical care literature suggests that an early and coordinated approach to critical illness using relatively simple interventions saves lives. CCRTs bring the skills and expertise of a critical care unit beyond its traditional area of operation to meet the needs of patients at risk — wherever they are in a hospital.

What you’ll learn

The CCRT course trains mobile teams of critical care specialists to deliver timely interventions, resuscitation, triage and follow-up to patients in serious or imminent deterioration in random locations throughout a hospital.

Upon successful completion of the Royal College’s CCRT course, you will be able to

  • perform a primary assessment of critical care outreach patients based upon assessment of ABCs (airway, breathing and circulation) and provide immediate treatment when necessary,
  • make rapid triage decisions based upon triage of ABCs (admit to ICU, borderline and consult), and
  • develop a preliminary care plan and communicate it effectively to the patient care team.

Who should take this course

Typical CCRTs are comprised of intensive care physicians, intensive care nurses and respiratory therapists.

This course is designed for the non-physician primary responders of the CCRT. This includes health care providers with some experience in critical care that have been selected for, or who are interested in becoming, part of a CCRT. It also includes those working in an environment where they are expected to recognize critical illness and help in the initial management of the patient while plans to transfer them to a higher level of care are made.

Course format

The course is a hands-on, two-day interactive workshop that is broken down into 14 modules, including airway, breathing, circulation, central nervous system dysfunction, conflict resolution, CCRT consult and ethics, orientation to CCRT and crisis management. Additional modules are available on request for ongoing education, including sepsis and infectious disease, and electrolytes disturbances.

We ensure the participant-instructor ratio does not exceed 8:1. The simulation modules have a 4:1 participant-instructor ratio.

Contact us
For general information, including information about fees, instructors, and how to register for a course, please contact our education coordinator:

Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit (PPI)
c/o Education Coordinator
Email: ppi@royalcollege.ca
Telephone: 613-730-6275; toll-free 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275