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April 22 2009

Rapid Response Team Implementation and Hospital Mortality Rates

JAMA. 2009;301(16):1658-1660. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.528

To the Editor: In their cohort study, Dr Chan and colleagues1 showed that rapid response team implementation did not improve mortality at their institution. It is reasonable to expect that the effect of implementing a rapid response team would vary among hospitals and even within different areas of the same hospital, depending on staff resources and experience levels. It would therefore be useful to know additional characteristics of their hospital.

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