Medical emergency system proves its value

Hospital medical emergency teams (METs) are an effective life-saving intervention according to a 12-year review led by NSW intensive care specialist Dr Anders Aneman.

The assessment of 19,000 MET calls at Liverpool Hospital shows a decline in patient mortality from 3.4 to 2.2 deaths per 1,000 admissions.

The MET system was introduced in the hospital in 1990 and the concept has since been accepted nationally and internationally.

Decisions not to attempt resuscitation fell from 8% in