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Journal Article > Commentary
Moore MS, Howard SK, Lighthall G. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2007;33:695-698.
Three case reports provide context for improvement after implementing medical emergency teams at a Veterans Affairs health care facility. The authors found that the rapid response system allowed staff to identify a recurrent error and consequently remove an unsafe drug from the hospital's formulary.
Journal Article > Study
Introduction of a rapid response system at a United States Veterans Affairs hospital reduced cardiac arrests.
Lighthall GK, Parast LM, Rapoport L, Wagner TH. Anesth Analg. 2010;111:679-686.
Journal Article > Review
Winters BD, Weaver SJ, Pfoh ER, Yang T, Pham JC, Dy SM. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5 Part 2):417-425.
Rapid response systems (RRSs) are somewhat effective at preventing cardiorespiratory arrest outside the intensive care unit, according to this AHRQ-funded systematic review published as part of a patient safety supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The review also identifies barriers and facilitators to effective implementation of RRSs in different contexts.