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Analysis of medical emergency team calls comparing subjective to "objective" call criteria.

Santiano N; Young L; Hillman K; Parr M; Jayasinghe S; Baramy LS; Stevenson J; Heath T; Chan C; Claire M; Hanger G.

Nurses are encouraged to call rapid response teams if they are concerned about a patient's condition or if certain objective criteria (e.g., vital sign abnormalities) are met. This analysis conducted at six Australian hospitals found that nurses' general concern about a patient was the most common reason the team was called, and these patients generally had better clinical outcomes.