Journal article

Rapid response systems

Kenneth M Hillman, Jack Chen, Daryl Jones

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

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 effectivene..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants


Funding Acknowledgements

Kenneth Hillman and Jack Chen are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants (APP1009916 and APP1020660).