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November 21, 2007

Pediatric Rapid Response TeamsIs It Time?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Dr Brilli), Division of Critical Care Medicine (Drs Nowak and Brilli), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

JAMA. 2007;298(19):2311-2312. doi:10.1001/jama.298.19.2311

In-hospital pediatric cardiopulmonary arrests that occur outside the intensive care unit (ICU) account for between 8.5% and 14% of in-hospital arrests involving children and carry a poor prognosis, with mortality rates of 50% to 67%.14 Reduction or elimination of such arrests should be a high priority for the pediatric health care community.

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