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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2017 Jul;45(4):511-517.

Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams.

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Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Monash University, Consultant Intensive Care Specialist, Austin Health, Honorary A/Prof, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria.
Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria.
Staff Specialist, Medical Administration, Concord Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales.
Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit, Wellington Regional Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand.
Intensivist, Department of Intensive Care, The Canberra Hospital, Lecturer, Medical School, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
Intensive Care Specialist, Western Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
Professor of Intensive Care and Director, Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, Liverpool Hospital and University of New South Wales (South West Sydney Clinical School), Sydney, New South Wales.
Adjunct Clinical Professor and Monash ICU Practitioner Fellowship, Alfred Hospital and Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria.
Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
Director, Critical Care, Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA.


Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been introduced into hospitals worldwide in an effort to improve the outcomes of deteriorating hospitalised patients. Recently, there has been increased awareness of the need to develop systems other than RRTs for deteriorating patients. In May 2016, the 12th International Conference on Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams was held in Melbourne. This represented a collaboration between the newly constituted International Society for Rapid Response Systems (iSRRS) and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society. The conference program included broad ranging presentations related to general clinical deterioration in the acute care setting, as well as deterioration in the emergency department, during pregnancy, in the paediatric setting, and deterioration in mental health status. This article briefly summarises the key features of the conference, links to presentations, and the 18 abstracts of the accepted free papers.


Rapid Response System, Rapid Response Team, Medical Emergency Team, deteriorating patients

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