Hospital Size and Location and Feasibility of the Rapid Response System
Despite improvements in technology and advances in medical care, patients suffer adverse events while in hospital. Such adverse events are often foretold by objective signs of clinical deterioration, which is not universally recognized or managed by ward clinicians.
All hospitals, regardless of size and location, need to develop systems and processes to prevent, recognize and promptly respond to clinical deterioration. Such systems need to be tailored to the available resources, staffing skill set, patient case-mix, and need for potential transfer to other healthcare facilities.
This chapter outlines the general principles needed for the development of recognition and response systems, and how they can be tailored to healthcare facilities of different size.
KeywordsPatient deterioration Vital signs Rapid response system Quality improvement
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