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Changing cardiac arrest and hospital mortality rates through a medical emergency team takes time and constant review.

Santamaria J, Tobin A, Holmes J. Critical care medicine. 2010;38:445-50.

Despite continued debate on the impact of rapid response systems, they continue to be implemented widely with varying results. This study demonstrated progressive declines in unexpected cardiac deaths within 2 years and in mortality within 4 years, suggesting that benefits of this practice may simply take time to establish.