Journal article

Introduction of Medical Emergency Teams in Australia and New Zealand: a multi-centre study

Daryl Jones, Carol George, Graeme K Hart, Rinaldo Bellomo, Jacqueline Martin

CRITICAL CARE | BMC | Published : 2008

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Information about Medical Emergency Teams (METs) in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is limited to local studies and a cluster randomised controlled trial (the Medical Emergency Response and Intervention Trial [MERIT]). Thus, we sought to describe the timing of the introduction of METs into ANZ hospitals relative to relevant publications and to assess changes in the incidence and rate of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions due to a ward cardiac arrest (CA) and ICU readmissions. METHODS: We used the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society database to obtain the study data. We related MET introduction to publications about adverse events and MET services. We compared th..

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