Rapid Response Systems: From Implementation to Evidence Base

      The 6th Annual International Symposium on Rapid Response Systems (RRS) and Medical Emergency Teams (METs) was held on May 10–11, 2010, in Pittsburgh. As with previous meetings, the conference emphasized the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of rapid response systems (RRSs) in that the faculty and conference attendees consisted of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, administrators, and researchers representing 13 countries and five continents. The conference’s stated objectives are listed in Table 1 (right). This article provides an overview of the conference, with coverage of only those sessions that the authors attended. Additional conference details and specific presentations at the various sessions are available elsewhere. Rapid Response Systems: Team Systems for Safety-Resources. (last accessed Aug. 26, 2010).

      Table 1Meeting Objectives
      RRS, rapid response system.
      • Describe the purpose of RRSs
      • Describe the components of RRSs
      • How to create or improve an RRS
      • Discuss the recently published literature on RRSs
      • Carry an evidence-based discussion about RRS benefits and shortfalls
      • Describe the impact of RRSs on nursing work flow
      • Describe the impact of RRSs on patients and their familiesk
      * RRS, rapid response system.
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      1. Rapid Response Systems: Team Systems for Safety-Resources. (last accessed Aug. 26, 2010).

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