Welcome Message by iSRRS President
JOHN WELCH, RN, BSc, MSc
President, International Society for Rapid Response Systems
We at the International Society for Rapid Response Systems are delighted that the 2019 International Conference on Rapid Response Systems & Medical Emergency Teams will be hosted in the beautiful city of Singapore. This is the largest international conference addressing the main causes of death in hospital – failures to recognise or act on deterioration – and an essential opportunity for frontline clinical staff, administrators and policy-makers to share and advance the optimal management of high-risk patients across the whole hospital, and beyond. We have come to realise that we need to understand human factors, make it easy for staff to “do the right thing”, and also that new technologies have huge potential to aid accurate identification of deterioration and support decision-making in critical cases.
It is fitting that our first meeting outside Europe, the USA or Australia will be in Singapore, where invention and innovation are so strongly promoted. Our mission is to eliminate death from preventable deterioration – Rapid Response Systems demonstrably save patients’ lives – but also to spread what we have learned and how we have improved processes in emergency, acute and critical care to healthcare systems around the world.