Rates of in-hospital arrests, deaths and intensive care admission: The effect of a medical emergency team

Bristow PJ, Hillman KM, Chey T, et al. Rates of in-hospital arrests, deaths and intensive care admission: The effect of a medical emergency team. Medical Journal of Australia. 2000;173(5):236-240.

Three hospitals were included, one with a medical emergency team (MET) which could be called for abnormal physiological parameters or staff concern, while the other two had conventional cardiac arrest teams. There was no significant difference in the rates of cardiac arrest or total deaths among the three hospitals, but the MET hospital had fewer unanticipated ICU/HD admissions, with no increase in in-hospital arrest rate or total death rate.

 

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