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|Title:||Tasks completed by nursing members of a teaching hospital Medical Emergency Team.|
|Authors:||Topple, Michelle;Ryan, Brooke;Baldwin, Ian C;McKay, Richard;Blythe, Damien;Rogan, John;Radford, Samuel T;Jones, Daryl A|
|Affiliation:||Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia|
Intensive Care Unit, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||Intensive & critical care nursing 2016-02; 32: 12-9|
|Abstract:||To assess tasks completed by intensive care medical emergency team nurses. Prospective observational study. Australian teaching hospital. Nursing-related technical and non-technical tasks and level of self-reported confidence and competence. Amongst 400 calls, triggers and nursing tasks were captured in 93.5% and 77.3% of cases, respectively. The median patient age was 73 years. The four most common triggers were hypotension (22.0%), tachycardia (21.1%), low SpO2 (17.4%), and altered conscious state (10.1%). Non-technical skills included investigation review (33.7%), history acquisition (18.4%), contribution to the management plan (40.5%) and explanation to bedside nurses (78.3%), doctors (13.6%), allied health (3.9%) or patient/relative (39.5%). Technical tasks included examining the circulation (32%), conscious state (29.4%), and chest (26.5%). Additional tasks included adjusting oxygen (23.9%), humidification (8.4%), non-invasive ventilation (6.5%), performing an ECG (22%), and administrating fluid as a bolus (17.5%) or maintenance (16, 5.2%), or medication as a statim dose (16.8%) or infusion (5.2%). Self-reported competence and confidence appeared to be high overall amongst our MET nurses. Our findings provide important information on the tasks completed by Medical Emergency Team nurses and will guide future training.|
|Subjects:||Medical Emergency Team|
Rapid Response System
Rapid Response Team
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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