Table 3

PRRS activations from August 2005 to July 2006 (nā€Š=ā€Š68)

No. (%)
PRRS activated by (staff, faculty)
Nurse37 (54)
Doctor20 (29)
Respiratory therapist2 (3)
Other staff, faculty2 (3)
Caller not identified (missing)7 (10)
PRRS called to (location)
Inpatient wards49 (72)
Other: clinics, radiology17 (25)
Location not identified (missing)2 (3)
Reasons why PRRS was activated*
Worried staff32 (36)
Desaturation22 (24)
Heart rate8 (9)
Mental status or seizure7 (8)
Worried family7 (8)
Respiratory rate6 (7)
Other reasons5 (6)
Blood pressure3 (3)
PRRS outcome
Transferred to PICU (unplanned PICU admission)39 (57)
Stayed on wards15 (22)
Transferred to emergency department2 (3)
Transferred to other hospital location2 (3)
Transferred to radiology1 (1)
Outcome not recorded (missing)9 (13)
  • PICU, paediatric intensive care unit; PRRS, paediatric rapid response system.

  • *Group numbers do not sum to total (nā€Š=ā€Š68), because 47% of the PRRS were activated for two or more reasons.

  • Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding error.