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Antecedents to cardiac arrests in a hospital equipped with a medical emergency team.

Critical care and resuscitation : journal of th... 13(3):162 (2011) PMID 21880003

Studies conducted before the conception of medical emergency teams (METs) revealed that cardiac arrests were often preceded by deranged vital signs. METs have been implemented in hospitals to review ward patients whose conditions are deteriorating in order to prevent adverse events, including cardiac arrest. Antecedents to cardiac arrests in a MET-equipped hospital have not been assessed.