Rapid response systems

rapid response systems

  • Rapid response systems (RRSs) are one of the first organisation-wide, patient-focused systems to be developed to prevent potentially avoidable deaths and serious adverse events such as cardiac arrests.
  • RRSs identify seriously ill and at-risk patients and those whose condition is deteriorating, using abnormal vital signs and observations that trigger an urgent response by staff who are able to deal with any medical emergency.
  • RRS teams also respond to staff concern — any bedside nurse or doctor who is concerned about his or her patient can seek assistance.
  • RRSs require the support of the whole hospital. This includes resources, educational programs and agreed ways of evaluating RRS effectiveness.
  • RRSs may reduce deaths

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