October 4, 2006

Rapid Response Teams—Walk, Don't Run

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Drs Winters, Pham, and Pronovost) and Department of Emergency Medicine (Dr Pham), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 2006;296(13):1645-1647. doi:10.1001/jama.296.13.1645

In the 6 years since the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report To Err Is Human,1 progress toward improving patient safety has been slow and arduous. Clinicians and researchers are struggling to advance the science of patient safety, understand its epidemiology, clarify priorities, implement scientifically sound yet feasible interventions, and develop measures to evaluate progress.

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