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Leading successful rapid response teams: a multisite implementation evaluation.

Donaldson N; Shapiro S; Scott M; Foley M; Spetz J.

Rapid response teams (RRTs) have proven to be very popular among bedside nursing staff, contributing to their widespread implementation despite equivocal evidence of clinical benefits. This study carried out interviews with nurses, chief nursing officers, and RRT members at 18 hospitals to obtain insights on how to successfully implement RRTs. Themes that predicted successful implementation included clear organizational support for the RRT, support for bedside nurses when the team is called, and less resistance from physicians to using the RRT.