Characteristics and dying trajectories of adult hospital patients from acute care wards who die following review by the rapid response team.

@article{Coombs2016CharacteristicsAD,
  title={Characteristics and dying trajectories of adult hospital patients from acute care wards who die following review by the rapid response team.},
  author={Maureen A Coombs and Katherine M Nelson and Alex J Psirides and Nicoletta Suter and Anne Pedersen},
  journal={Anaesthesia and intensive care},
  year={2016},
  volume={44 2},
  pages={262-9}
}
A third of patients reviewed by rapid response teams (RRT) require end-of-life care. However, little is known about the characteristics and management of these patients following RRT review. This paper presents results of a retrospective, descriptive audit that explored the dying trajectory of adult ward inpatients who died outside of intensive care following RRT review. The study setting was a 430-bed tertiary New Zealand hospital during 2013. RRT, inpatient databases and hospital notes were… CONTINUE READING