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Rapid response systems and collective (in)competence: an exploratory analysis of intraprofessional and interprofessional activation factors.
Kitto S, Marshall SD, McMillan SE, et al. J Interprof Care. 2015;29:340-346.
Clinical staff often fail to call rapid response teams to evaluate deteriorating patients, even when objective criteria for calling the team are met. This qualitative study of physicians and nurses at an Australian hospital found that an impaired culture of safety can result in failure to use the rapid response team when appropriate and can also lead to using the team as a workaround to compensate for poor interdisciplinary communication.