Acute Crit Care.  2019 May;34(2):108-116. 10.4266/acc.2019.00535.

Rapid response systems in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Division of Allergy and Respiratory Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sbhong@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

The inpatient treatment process is becoming more and more complicated with advanced treatments, aging of the patient population, and multiple comorbidities. During the process, patients often experience unexpected deterioration, about half of which might be preventable. Early identification of patient deterioration and the proper response are priorities in most healthcare facilities. A rapid response system (RRS) is a safety net to identify antecedents of these adverse events and to respond in a timely manner. The RRS has become an essential part of the medical system worldwide, supported by all major quality improvement organizations. An RRS consists of a trigger system and response team and needs constant assessment and process improvement. Although the effectiveness and cost-benefit of RRS remain controversial, according to previous studies, it may be beneficial by decreasing in-hospital cardiac arrest and mortality. Since the first implementation of RRS in Korea in 2008, it has been developed in over 15 medical centers and continues to expand. Recent accreditation standards and an RRS pilot program by the Korean government will promote the proliferation of RRSs in Korea.

Keyword

hospital medical emergency team; hospital rapid response team; patient safety

MeSH Terms

Accreditation
Aging
Comorbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Heart Arrest
Hospital Rapid Response Team
Humans
Inpatients
Korea*
Mortality
Patient Safety
Quality Improvement
Full Text Links
  • ACC
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
Copyright © 2022 by Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors. All rights reserved.     E-mail: koreamed@kamje.or.kr