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Brady PW, Zix J, Brilli R
Developing and evaluating the success of a family activated medical emergency team: a quality improvement report.
The researchers aimed to develop a reliable process for family-activated medical emergency teams (METs) and to evaluate its effect on MET call rate and subsequent transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU). They found that children with family-activated METs were transferred to the ICU less commonly than those with clinician MET calls. Families, like clinicians, most commonly called MET for concerns of clinical deterioration; however, families also identified lack of response from clinicians and a dismissive interaction between team and family.
Citation: Brady PW, Zix J, Brilli R . Developing and evaluating the success of a family activated medical emergency team: a quality improvement report. BMJ Qual Saf 2015 Mar;24(3):203-11. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003001.
Keywords: Communication, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Hospitals, Children/Adolescents, Quality Improvement