Journal article

Bench-to-bedside review: The MET syndrome - the challenges of researching and adopting medical emergency teams

Augustine Tee, Paolo Calzavacca, Elisa Licari, Donna Goldsmith, Rinaldo Bellomo

CRITICAL CARE | BMC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Studies of hospital performance highlight the problem of 'failure to rescue' in acutely ill patients. This is a deficiency strongly associated with serious adverse events, cardiac arrest, or death. Rapid response systems (RRSs) and their efferent arm, the medical emergency team (MET), provide early specialist critical care to patients affected by the 'MET syndrome': unequivocal physiological instability or significant hospital staff concern for patients in a non-critical care environment. This intervention aims to prevent serious adverse events, cardiac arrests, and unexpected deaths. Though clinically logical and relatively simple, its adoption poses major challenges. Furthermore, research ..

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