Developing a medical emergency team running sheet to improve clinical handoff and documentation.
Karen Mardegan, Melodie Heland, Tifany Whitelock, Robert Millar, Daryl Jones
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: During medical emergency team (MET) and cardiac arrest calls, a scribe usually records events on a running sheet. There is more agreement on what data should be recorded in cardiac arrest calls than for MET calls. In addition, handoff (handover) from ward staff to the arriving MET may be variable. METHODS: In a quality improvement project, a novel MET running sheet was developed to document events and therapies administered during MET calls. Key characteristics of the form were improved form layout, increased space for event documentation, and prompts to assist handoff to the arriving MET using the Identity Situation, Background, Assessment, Request (ISBAR) format. Ward nurses co..View full abstract