1. Hammer, Jere A. PhD, RN
  2. Jones, Terry L. PhD, RN
  3. Brown, Sharon A. PhD, RN, FAAN


The rapid response team has been proposed as an effective strategy for reducing failure-to-rescue rates among adult inpatients; however, there is little research evidence to support the recommendation. This exploratory study used survey and administrative data to describe rapid response team characteristics and penetration among hospitals in a large metropolitan area while tracking corresponding failure-to-rescue rates among surgical inpatients over 5 years. The findings are promising and invite further investigation.