The limitations in implementing and operating a rapid response system

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Despite the widespread introduction of rapid response systems (RRS)/medical emergency teams (MET), there is still controversy regarding how effective they are. While there are some observational studies showing improved outcomes with RRS, there are no data from randomised controlled trials to support the effectiveness. Nevertheless, the MET system has become a standard of care in many healthcare organisations. In this review, we present an overview of the limitations in implementing and operating a RRS in modern healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1139-1145
Number of pages7
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • critical care outreach teams
  • deteriorating patient
  • medical emergency team
  • rapid response service
  • rapid response team

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