Journal article

Characteristics and outcomes of patients receiving a medical emergency team review for respiratory distress or hypotension

Jon L Quach, Andrew W Downey, Michael Haase, Ania Haase-Fielitz, Daryl Jones, Rinaldo Bellomo

JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics and outcomes of patients receiving a medical emergency team (MET) review for the MET syndromes of respiratory distress or hypotension and to assess the effect of delayed MET activation on their outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 2 cohorts of 100 patients for each of the MET syndromes of respiratory distress and hypotension. We collected information on patient demographics, comorbidities, presence of sepsis, and patient outcome. We documented the presence and duration of delayed MET activation. RESULTS: Patients with respiratory distress were more likely to be postoperative (40% vs 28%, P = .07), but les..

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