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Critical Care Outreach Team

Rush’s Critical Care Outreach Team, or CCOT, provides bedside consultation and emergency response for patients, nurses and providers outside of the critical care unit. Each member is a highly skilled intensive care unit-trained nurse certified in critical care nursing and brings a unique background and skill set to this important work.

The team's mission is to improve early detection of patient deterioration, decrease ICU readmission and eliminate out-of-ICU arrests.


The Rush CCOT recently hosted its inaugural Critical Care Outreach Symposium in early February 2018. It was aimed at RNs, RTs and practitioners from all disciplines, as well as students, interested in improving rapid response systems through the development and use of critical care outreach teams.

As part of the symposium, the Rush CCOT was honored to host two critical care outreach nurses from the U.K., who offered an international perspective on critical care outreach, including nurse-driven initiatives not yet common in the U.S. Their involvement was the culmination of two years of collaboration between Rush’s CCOT and counterparts in Britain.

International collaboration

In 2018, the Rush CCOT traveled to Brighton, England to meet with colleagues at Royal Sussex County Hospital. The team attended the morning emergency response huddle and shadowed the hospital’s critical care outreach team to gain insight into the workflow and practice of the critical care outreach team in England’s National Health System.

Before returning home to Chicago, the team traveled to Gatwick, England to attend a local patient deterioration workshop, which provided further insight to the education and networking environment of rapid response systems in the NHS.

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