Rapid response systems: you won’t know there is a problem until you measure it.

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Rapid response systems: you won't know there is a problem until you measure it.

Crit Care. 2011 Oct 28;15(5):1001

Authors: Hillman KM

ABSTRACT: The rapid response system concept is one of the first patient-centered and organizational-wide systems aimed at preventing deaths and serious adverse events. It has been strongly argued that we need a benchmark that reflects the care of a deteriorating patient across the organization using a 'score to door time'; that is, the time from the first vital sign abnormality to admission to the ICU. The study by Oglesby and colleagues highlights serious issues, especially delays, which could adversely impact on patient care, and the study proposes that we concentrate more on measuring patient care from a broad perspective.

PMID: 22112380 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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