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Table 1 Important components of the success of the MET service at The Austin Hospital

From: Introduction of a rapid response system: why we are glad we MET

Collection of baseline data for before-and-after studies
Obtaining support from administrators and heads of departments
Detailed education and preparation for 1 year before introducing the MET service
Repeated education of new and existing hospital staff
Administering questionnaires to assess staff attitudes and obstacles to MET use
Assessing the circadian pattern of MET activations and cardiac arrests
Ongoing audit of effectiveness of the MET
Feeding back effectiveness to hospital staff at regular meetings
Assessment of the common causes of MET syndromes
Educating ICU fellows about an approach to managing a MET call
  1. ICU, intensive care unit; MET, medical emergency team.