Rapid response teams and failure to rescue: one community's experience

J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Oct-Dec;27(4):352-8. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31825a8e2f.


The rapid response team has been proposed as an effective strategy for reducing failure-to-rescue rates among adult inpatients; however, there is little research evidence to support the recommendation. This exploratory study used survey and administrative data to describe rapid response team characteristics and penetration among hospitals in a large metropolitan area while tracking corresponding failure-to-rescue rates among surgical inpatients over 5 years. The findings are promising and invite further investigation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Benchmarking*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Hospital Mortality*
  • Hospital Rapid Response Team / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Texas / epidemiology