Rapid response team (medicine)

A rapid response team (RRT), also known as a medical emergency team (MET) and high acuity response team (HART), is a team of health care providers that responds to hospitalized patients with early signs of deterioration on non-intensive care units to prevent respiratory or cardiac arrest. The health care providers are trained in early resuscitation interventions and advanced life support and may include a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist. The RRT, medical emergency team (MET), critical care outreach team (CCOT), and rover team are all different forms of the outgoing component of the rapid response system. The team responds to calls placed by clinicians or families at the bedside who have detected deterioration.[1][2][3] Some teams may also provide care during transport between hospitals, acting as a critical care transport team.[4]

Rapid response team
PronunciationMedical emergency team, high acuity response team


Rapid response teams appear to decrease the rates of respiratory and cardiac arrest outside the intensive care unit.[5][6][7] They also appear to decrease the chance of death in hospital.[8] Overall effectiveness of RRTs is somewhat controversial due to the variability across studies.[5][9][10][11][12][13]

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  3. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Clinical guideline 50: Acutely ill patients in hospital. London, 2007.
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  8. Solomon, RS; Corwin, GS; Barclay, DC; Quddusi, SF; Dannenberg, MD (June 2016). "Effectiveness of rapid response teams on rates of in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest and mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Journal of Hospital Medicine. 11 (6): 438–445. doi:10.1002/jhm.2554. PMID 26828644.
  9. Massey, D; Aitken, LM; Chaboyer, W (Dec 2010). "Literature review: do rapid response systems reduce the incidence of major adverse events in the deteriorating ward patient?". Journal of Clinical Nursing. 19 (23–24): 3260–73. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03394.x. PMID 21029228.
  10. Ranji, SR; Auerbach, AD; Hurd, CJ; O'Rourke, K; Shojania, KG (Nov 2007). "Effects of rapid response systems on clinical outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis". Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2 (6): 422–32. doi:10.1002/jhm.238. PMID 18081187.
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  12. Winters, BD; Pham, JC; Hunt, EA; Guallar, E; Berenholtz, S; Pronovost, PJ (May 2007). "Rapid response systems: a systematic review". Critical Care Medicine. 35 (5): 1238–43. doi:10.1097/01.CCM.0000262388.85669.68. PMID 17414079.
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