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INTRODUCTION It is unknown whether the reported short-term reduction in cardiac arrests associated with the introduction of the medical emergency team (MET) system can be sustained. METHOD We conducted a prospective, controlled before-and-after examination of the effect of a MET system on the long-term incidence of cardiac arrests. We included consecutive(More)
INTRODUCTION Introducing an intensive care unit (ICU)-based medical emergency team (MET) into our hospital was associated with decreased postoperative in-hospital mortality after major surgery. The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect of the MET and other variables on long-term mortality in this patient population. METHODS We conducted a(More)
INTRODUCTION Hospital medical emergency teams (METs) have been implemented to reduce cardiac arrests and hospital mortality. The timing and system factors associated with their activation are poorly understood. We sought to determine the circadian pattern of MET activation and to relate it to nursing and medical activities. METHOD We conducted a(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the ability of a novel super high-flux (SHF) membrane with a larger pore size to clear myoglobin from serum. SETTING The intensive care unit of a university teaching hospital. SUBJECT A patient with serotonin syndrome complicated by severe rhabodomyolysis and oliguric acute renal failure. METHOD Initially continuous veno-venous(More)
Among metabolic diseases, diabetes is considered one of the most prevalent throughout the world. Currently, statistics show that over 10% of the world's aged population (60 years and older) suffers from diabetes. As a consequence, it consumes a considerable proportion of world health expenditure. This review considers both past and current research into the(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of the present study was to measure the incidence and outcome of septic patients presenting at the emergency department (ED) with criteria for early goal-directed therapy (EGDT). METHOD This hospital-based, retrospective, observational study using prospectively collected electronic databases was based in a teaching hospital in(More)
Up to 17% of hospital admissions are complicated by serious adverse events unrelated to the patients presenting medical condition. Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) review patients during early phase of deterioration to reduce patient morbidity and mortality. However, reports of the efficacy of these teams are varied. The aims of this article were to explore the(More)
The development of antibodies with binding capacity towards soluble oligomeric forms of PrPSc recognised in the aggregation process in early stage of the disease would be of paramount importance in diagnosing prion diseases before extensive neuropathology has ensued. As blood transfusion appears to be efficient in the transmission of the infectious prion(More)
The accumulation of α-synuclein aggregates is the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, and more generally of synucleinopathies. The accumulation of tau aggregates however is classically found in the brains of patients with dementia, and this type of neuropathological feature specifically defines the tauopathies. Nevertheless, in numerous cases α-synuclein(More)
INTRODUCTION Information about Medical Emergency Teams (METs) in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is limited to local studies and a cluster randomised controlled trial (the Medical Emergency Response and Intervention Trial [MERIT]). Thus, we sought to describe the timing of the introduction of METs into ANZ hospitals relative to relevant publications and to(More)