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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Review

Failure to rescue deteriorating patients: a systematic review of root causes and improvement strategies.

Burke JR, Downey C, Almoudaris AM. J Patient Saf. 2020;Epub May 21.

This systematic review identified three critical points that can contribute to “failure to rescue” among inpatients with serious complications – (1) failure to recognize the complications; (2) failure to relay information regarding the complications to the care team, and; (3) failure to react in a timely and appropriate manner to the patient’s deterioration. Effective tools and interventions which can be implemented during each timepoint are discussed, including increased nurse staffing, rapid response teams, checklists, and early warning score systems.