Making the Business Case for a Rapid Response System

  • Shane C. TownsendEmail author


Compared with adult-focused systems, paediatric rapid response systems face slightly different challenges. Detecting early signs of clinical deterioration is more challenging given the widely varying normal ranges of vital signs in children from infancy to late adolescence. In addition, cardiac arrest and death are far less common in hospitalized children than in adults, which is a good thing, but makes identifying meaningful outcome metrics of rapid response system performance more complicated. In this chapter, we describe the distinguishing features of paediatric rapid response systems, with a special focus on the recognition of clinical deterioration on general inpatient units and selection of outcomes following rapid response system implementation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Complex-Wide Adult Intensive Care, Mater Health ServicesSouth BrisbaneAustralia

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