Journal article

Reduction of paediatric in-patient cardiac arrest and death with a medical emergency team: preliminary results

J Tibballs, S Kinney, T Duke, E Oakley, M Hennessy

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005

Abstract

AIMS: To determine the impact of a paediatric medical emergency team (MET) on cardiac arrest, mortality, and unplanned admission to intensive care in a paediatric tertiary care hospital. METHODS: Comparison of the retrospective incidence of cardiac arrest and death during 41 months before introduction of a MET service with the prospective incidence of these events during 12 months after its introduction. Comparison of transgression of MET call criteria in patients who arrested and died before and after introduction of MET. RESULTS: Cardiac arrest decreased from 20 among 104 780 admissions (0.19/1000) to 4 among 35 892 admissions (0.11/1000) (risk ratio 1.71, 95% CI 0.59 to 5.01), while death..

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