Journal article

Effects of a medical emergency team on reduction of incidence of and mortality from unexpected cardiac arrests in hospital: preliminary study

MD Buist, GE Moore, SA Bernard, BP Waxman, JN Anderson, TV Nguyen

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether earlier clinical intervention by a medical emergency team prompted by clinical instability in a patient could reduce the incidence of and mortality from unexpected cardiac arrest in hospital. DESIGN: A non-randomised, population based study before (1996) and after (1999) introduction of the medical emergency team. SETTING: 300 bed tertiary referral teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: All patients admitted to the hospital in 1996 (n=19 317) and 1999 (n=22 847). INTERVENTIONS: Medical emergency team (two doctors and one senior intensive care nurse) attended clinically unstable patients immediately with resuscitation drugs, fluid, and equipment. Response activated ..

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