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News and briefs: Resident-led 'rapid response teams' don?t skip a (heart) beat

Residency Program Insider, August 21, 2012

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When patients develop symptoms that are precursors to cardiac arrest, hospitals deploy their rapid response teams. A University of Pennsylvania study suggests the rapid response teams led by attending physicians in the ICU and those led by residents have no statistically significant difference when it comes to at-risk patients progressing to cardiac arrest, according to an online Reuters story.

Research includes more than 1,400 cases over a four-year span. The largest difference between the two groups is that resident-led groups tend to order more tests and procedures, such as chest x-rays, diuretic drugs, and more oxygen, than the attending-led groups.

The study shows that mortality rates for patients in both groups are less than 1%.

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