Rapid response systems (RRS) are designed to quickly summon medical help for patients who are deteriorating. The goal is to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest (heart and lung failure) and medical emergencies. Studies show that RRS can reduce mortality rates, but only when they are used appropriately.
Rapid response teams typically consist of a nurse, respiratory therapist, and physician. Together, they can provide expert assessment and intervention for patients in distress. To be effective, RRS must be tailored to the specific needs of each hospital.