Journal article

Introduction of a rapid response system: why we are glad we MET

Daryl Jones, Rinaldo Bellomo

CRITICAL CARE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

Hospital patients can experience serious adverse events during their stay. To identify, review and treat these patients and to prevent serious adverse events, we introduced a medical emergency team (MET) service into our hospital in September 2000 following a 1-year period of preparation and education. The introduction of the MET into our institution has been associated with profound changes to cultural and medical practice that have affected the way in which the intensive care unit and the hospital view the roles of junior doctors, nurses, intensive care physicians, and senior doctors. These changes have also been associated with a progressive reduction in the incidence of cardiac arrests o..

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