Emergency Teams (METs) are a part of a Rapid
Response System (RRS) that is intended to find patients
in crisis, respond to their needs, and prevent future crises. 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 four
components of a RRS, and provide a detailed description of the
most commonly utilized forms of the response component. Patient
safety will be a highlight and backdrop for all the presentations.
The importance of a strong connection between MET/RRT and quality
improvement will be described. Special emphasis will be
placed on logistics: how to design a system for your hospital;
how to train hospital staff and change culture; how to collect
and analyze data; how to find patients in need; and key clinical
interventions that responders should be able to provide.
gratefully acknowledge financial support for the conference from
the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center, the American
Heart Association, the Jewish
Healthcare Foundation, the Society
for Critical Care Medicine, the Canadian
Resuscitation Institute and the Joint
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