Medical Emergency Teams: Implementation and Outcome Measurement

Paperback | December 8, 2005

EditorMichael A. DeVita, Ken Hillman, Rinaldo Bellomo

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Written by the world's leading innovators in the development of medical emergency teams, this book provides the necessary framework for healthcare professionals and administrators who want to incorporate this concept into their own patient safety and quality improvement programs. Topics covered include controversies and challenges in patient safety, description of various MET models, guidelines for implementing a successful program, and instruction on how to measure outcomes.

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Written by the world's leading innovators in the development of medical emergency teams, this book provides the necessary framework for healthcare professionals and administrators who want to incorporate this concept into their own patient safety and quality improvement programs. Topics covered include controversies and challenges in p...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:December 8, 2005Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387279202

ISBN - 13:9780387279206

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Table of Contents

Hospital patient safety.- Patient safety: top-down or bottom-up?.- Why the current system fails.- Quality of critical care before ICU admission.- Changing nature of modern hospitals.- Acute medicine as a specialty.- Potential impact of trainees on outcome.- Matching level of illness with level of care.- The MET system: what is a MET?.- MET-type systems.- Critical care outreach teams.- Designing patient safety into graduate medical education.- Hospital size & location and MET feasibility.- METs as a QI tool: finding and correcting errors that matter.- Nursing perspectives.- General principles of implementing METs.- Organizational issues.- Equipment.- Personnel.- Overcoming political hurdles.- Obtaining financial support.- METs in teaching hospitals.- Teaching organized crisis teams using human simulators.- Pediatric METs.- Principles of evaluating systems.- Outcome and process measurements/metrics.- Return on investment: are METs worth the cost?

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From the reviews:"The aim of this book is to provide a manual describing the approach to creating a Medical Emergency Team (MET) service and evaluating its performance. The book presents a comprehensive overview of the concept . . Examples from practice are frequently cited from a global perspective. . Chapters are self-sufficient units that each review one aspect of the MET. . it is an important guide to the dos and don'ts of establishing a MET." (Ann McGinley and Rupert M Pearse, Critical Care Forum, April, 2007)"The medical emergency team (MET) is a concept which is aimed at identifying those hospital patients at risk of clinical deterioration. . This book aims to be a guide to health care professionals and administrators wishing to implement this concept in their hospital. It is intended primarily as a resource for those aiming to set up a MET in their hospital. . It should certainly be read by hospital administrators and those interested in quality improvement, currently working in hospitals without such teams." (L. Walker and N. R. Webster, British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol. 97 (6), 2006)"A comprehensive multiauthored review that examines techniques for implementation and assessment of hospital-based medical emergency teams (METs). . This readable text provides great background and advice for anyone involved in implementation of a MET. . All physicians actively involved in a hospital-based practice. In addition, nurses, respiratory therapists, and hospital administrators actively involved in MET implementation will find . useful." (Nicola Schiebel, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 81 (7), July, 2006)