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The role of the medical emergency team in end-of-life care: a multicenter, prospective, observational study.
Jones DA, Bagshaw SM, Barrett J, et al. Crit Care Med. 2012;40:98-103.
In this study, conducted at seven hospitals in three countries, nearly one-third of patients seen by a rapid response team ultimately had limitations placed on their care (such as do-not-resuscitate orders). This finding indicates a need for improved advanced care planning.
Intensive Care Med. 2016;42:591-601.
This three-part commentary presents differing views on whether rapid response teams (RRTs) improve patient outcomes and recommends that further research is required to determine ideal RRT staffing, factors that contribute to the need for an RRT, and how rapid response affects the safety of hospitalized patients.