The effectiveness of a Rapid Response Team Intervention (RRTI) in preventing transfer to a higher level of care and decreasing in-hospital mortality has not been firmly established. This retrospective exploratory study examined differences between medical-surgical patients who had an RRTI and those who did not. Results yielded 5 statistically significant differences (P <= .05) between the 2 groups as well as a large variation (range, 0-238 minutes; SD = 87.73 minutes) between time of documentation of RRTI criteria to time in calling an RRTI.
Chrstine Tarver and Diane Stuenkel. "Factors Leading to Rapid Response Team Interventions in Adult Medical-Surgical Patients" Journal of Nursing Care Quality (2016): 167-173. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000156