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ICU outreach reduces mortality in children

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A paediatric ICU outreach team reduced mortality rates outside of the unit by 18%, a study has shown.

Findings were based on a US study conducted in a 264-bed children’s hospital over six years and covering 7,257 patient admissions.

The team, termed a 'rapid response team', consisted of an ICU nurse, nursing supervisor, respiratory therapist and a specialist doctor.

Authors concluded that implementing a rapid response team was associated with a significant reduction in mortality rate outside of ICU.

Journal of the American Medical Association (2007) 298:2267-2274

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