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Factors Leading to Rapid Response Team Interventions in Adult Medical-Surgical Patients

Tarver, Christine M. DNP, RN, CNS; Stuenkel, Diane EdD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000156

The effectiveness of a Rapid Response Team Intervention (RRTI) in preventing transfer to a higher level of care and decreasing in-hospital mortality has not been firmly established. This retrospective exploratory study examined differences between medical-surgical patients who had an RRTI and those who did not. Results yielded 5 statistically significant differences (P ≤ .05) between the 2 groups as well as a large variation (range, 0-238 minutes; SD = 87.73 minutes) between time of documentation of RRTI criteria to time in calling an RRTI.

Medical-Surgical Services, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, California (Dr Tarver); and Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San Jose State University, San Jose, California (Dr Stuenkel).

Correspondence: Christine M. Tarver, DNP, RN, CNS, Medical-Surgical Services, El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Rd, Mountain View, CA 94040 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: August 9, 2015

Published ahead of print: September 29, 2015

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