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Medication-related medical emergency team activations: a case review study of frequency and preventability.

Levkovich BJ, Orosz J, Bingham G, et al. Medication-related medical emergency team activations: a case review study of frequency and preventability. BMJ Qual Saf. Epub 2022 Jul 5. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-014185

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July 20, 2022
Levkovich BJ, Orosz J, Bingham G, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2022;Epub Jul 5.

Rapid response teams, also known as medical emergency teams (MET), are activated when a patient demonstrates signs of clinical deterioration to prevent transfer to intensive care, cardiac arrest, and death. MET activations were prospectively reviewed at two Australian hospitals to determine the proportion of activations due to medication-related harms and assess the preventability of the activation. 23% of MET activations were medication-related, and 63% of those were considered preventable. Most preventable activations were patients with hypertension, and prevention strategies should focus on these patients.

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Levkovich BJ, Orosz J, Bingham G, et al. Medication-related medical emergency team activations: a case review study of frequency and preventability. BMJ Qual Saf. Epub 2022 Jul 5. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-014185