Rapid response teams

Usually a multidisciplinary team of medical, nursing, and respiratory therapy to have prompt evaluation, triage and treatment of patients not treated in the ICU.

Members of the RRT can order lab, imaging studies and medications independent of the primary physicians.

In a meta-analysis of 18 studies involving approximately 1.3 million hospital admissions implementation of RRT in adults reduced the rates of cardiopulmonary arrest outside the ICU by 33.8%, but was not associated with lower hospital mortality rates (Chan PS).

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