Emergency Teams (METs) are a preplanned group of health
care practitioners who respond to acute patient deteriorations
in hospitalized patients. They are usually identical to hospital
“code” teams, with the exception that they respond
prior to patients’ developing cardiac arrest. This recovery
response has been shown to decreased unexpected hospital mortality
by some 30% in hospitals in the United States, Australia, and
This course will review the impact on patient safety of METs. Special emphasis will be placed on logistics: how to design the system based on hospital size and provider mix, how to measure the impact of the intervention, how to train staff and change culture, and how to “sell it”. The course will also disseminate to healthcare professionals and institutions the concept of planning systems to find patients in crisis and prevent demise.
gratefully acknowledge financial support for the conference from
of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Jewish
Healthcare Foundation, the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This DVD was supported
by an AHRQ contract to the RTI IDSRN and subcontract to University
of Pittsburgh, Contract # 290-00-0018, Task 15.