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Journal Article

Rapid response team implementation and in-hospital mortality.

Salvatierra G, Bindler RC, Corbett C, et al. Critical care medicine. 2014;42:2001-6.

This before-and-after analysis revealed a decline in inpatient mortality following implementation of rapid response teams, but due to the overall trend of decreasing hospital mortality the authors could not definitively attribute this result to the rapid response team. This work demonstrates the ongoing challenge of assessing the effect of rapid response systems, which remain controversial.