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Rapid response teams and see and treat models

This rapid review looks at whether rapid response teams and see and treat models can reduce demand for A&E.

Desktop research was undertaken to identify similar models within the UK and internationally to help understand if rapid response teams and see and treat models could be effective.

The following research includes 12 individual case studies and one analytical paper on paramedic models of care in Australia followed by additional reference material.

The review team found that many rapid response community services are now in place to support admission avoidances and to expedite hospital discharge. However, there often appears to be an absence of clear pathways for ambulance services that can lead to unnecessary activities and delays. London was found to lack a consistent approach, despite similar characteristics. This may be due to the targeted nature of some of the services.

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