An Observational Analysis of Medication Use During 5,727 Medical Emergency Team Activations at a Tertiary Referral Hospital
Bianca J Levkovich, Gordon Bingham, Ria E Hopkins, Daryl Jones, DJ Jamie Cooper, Carl M Kirkpatrick, Michael J Dooley
JOINT COMMISSION JOURNAL ON QUALITY AND PATIENT SAFETY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: Medical emergency teams (METs) rescue deteriorating patients as the response arm of hospital rapid response systems. This study aimed to (1) investigate medication use during MET activations by describing the type, frequency and access sources of medications; and (2) assess associations between patient characteristics, MET activation criteria, and outcomes and MET medication use. METHODS: A single-center, retrospective study from a prospective database of MET activations in an Australian tertiary referral hospital was undertaken. Consecutive adult MET activations over a 12-month period were included. RESULTS: Across the study period, there were 5,727 MET activations with medicati..View full abstract
Bianca Levkovich was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. D. J. (Jamie) Cooper was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship.