Rapid response systems in The Netherlands

Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011 Mar;37(3):138-44, 97. doi: 10.1016/s1553-7250(11)37017-1.


Sixty-three (approximately 80%) of the 81 hospitals that responded to a survey sent to all hospitals in The Netherlands with nonpediatric intensive care units had a rapid response system (RRS) in place or were in the final process of starting one. Among many other findings regarding RRS infrastructure and implementation, only 38% of the hospitals allowed nurses to activate the rapid response team without physician consent.

MeSH terms

  • Critical Illness
  • Heart Arrest / epidemiology
  • Heart Arrest / prevention & control*
  • Hospital Rapid Response Team / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Rapid Response Team / standards
  • Hospital Rapid Response Team / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / standards
  • Intensive Care Units / trends
  • Netherlands
  • Risk Assessment / standards
  • Risk Assessment / trends
  • Safety Management / methods*