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acute clinical deterioration, barriers to activation, critical care nurse, early warning systems, end-of-life issues, medical emergency teams, rapid response teams



  1. Jackson, Shirley A. DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CCNS, CHSE


Abstract: Rapid response teams (RRTs) have been in existence for nearly 25 years.1 The team's purpose is to assess and manage patients who experience acute clinical deterioration. The critical care nurse performs a vital role in the function of the team. This article reviews the composition, responsibilities, and common challenges of RRTs.