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Textbook of Rapid Response Systems

Concept and Implementation

  • Michael A. DeVita
  • Ken Hillman
  • Rinaldo Bellomo
  • Mandy Odell
  • Daryl A. Jones
  • Bradford D. Winters
  • Geoffrey K. Lighthall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. RRSs and Patient Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bradford D. Winters, Michael A. DeVita
      Pages 17-24
    3. Ajay D. Rao, Michael A. DeVita
      Pages 25-30
    4. Bradford D. Winters, Peter J. Pronovost, Marlene Miller, Elizabeth A. Hunt
      Pages 31-44
    5. Stephen Lam, Arthas Flabouris
      Pages 45-52
    6. Ken Hillman, Hadis Nosrati, Jeffrey Braithwaite
      Pages 53-57
    7. Stuart F. Reynolds, Bernard Lawless
      Pages 59-62
    8. John Asger Petersen
      Pages 87-94
    9. Marilyn Hravnak, Andrea Mazzoccoli, Eliezer Bose, Michael R. Pinsky
      Pages 95-110
  3. Creating an RRS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Daryl A. Jones, Rinaldo Bellomo
      Pages 139-146
    3. Oluwaseun Davies, Michael A. DeVita, Ken Hillman
      Pages 147-158
    4. Gary B. Smith, David R. Prytherch, Alex J. Psirides
      Pages 159-171
    5. Daryl A. Jones, Christian Subbe, Rinaldo Bellomo
      Pages 173-180
    6. Kathy D. Duncan, Terri Wells, Amy Pearson
      Pages 181-191

About this book


The latest edition of this text is the go-to book on rapid response systems (RRS). Thoroughly updated to incorporate current principles and practice of RRS, the text covers topics such as the logistics of creating an RRS, patient safety, quality of care, evaluating program results, and engaging in systems research.

Edited and written by internationally recognized experts and innovators in the field, Textbook of Rapid Response Systems: Concepts and Implementation, Second Edition is a valuable resource for medical practitioners and hospital administrators who want to implement and improve a rapid response system.


ICU critical care medicine hospital administration hospital medicine medical emergency outcomes improvement patient safety rapid response system rapid response team

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael A. DeVita
    • 1
  • Ken Hillman
    • 2
  • Rinaldo Bellomo
    • 3
  • Mandy Odell
    • 4
  • Daryl A. Jones
    • 5
  • Bradford D. Winters
    • 6
  • Geoffrey K. Lighthall
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Critical CareHarlem Hospital CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Simpson Centre for Health Services ResearchSouth Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Sydney, the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and Intensive Care, Liverpool HospitalLiverpool BCAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Intensive CareAustin HospitalHeidelbergAustralia
  4. 4.Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation TrustReadingUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Intensive Care UnitAustin HospitalHeidelbergAustralia
  6. 6.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  7. 7.Department of AnesthesiaStanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA

About the editors

Michael A. DeVita, MD, FCCM, FRCP
Harlem Hospital, Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Ken Hillman, AO, MBBS, FRCA, FCICM, FRCP, MD
University of New South Wales, Liverpool Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Liverpool, NSW, Australia

Rinaldo Bellomo, MD
Austin Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

Associate Editors

Dr. Mandy Odell, RN, PG dip, MSc, PhD
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Critical Care, Reading, Berkshire, UK 

Dr. Daryl A. Jones 
Austin Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Geoffrey K. Lighthall, MD, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Textbook of Rapid Response Systems
  • Book Subtitle Concept and Implementation
  • Editors Michael A. DeVita
    Ken Hillman
    Rinaldo Bellomo
    Mandy Odell
    Daryl A. Jones
    Bradford D. Winters
    Geoffrey K. Lighthall
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-39389-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39391-9
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIX, 392
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
    Emergency Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Dermatology


“Textbook of Rapid Response Systems: Concepts and Implementation, Second Edition is a focused and concise update to the best evidence and expert opinion on the implementation and evaluation of the service. This book will serve as an accessible and effective reference guide for those clinicians and administrators wanting to fine-tune their existing RRSs as well as for those health systems contemplating starting the service.” (Ritesh Maharaj, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 126 (6), June, 2018)

“This is the second edition of a multiauthored book describing the theory and organization of teams designed to identify patients developing critical illness outside the intensive care unit. … Clinical leadership in hospitals considering or featuring a Rapid Response System are an appropriate audience for this work, along with their administrative partners. … This update reflects studies in literature produced since the first edition was published in 2011.” (David J. Dries, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2017)