Emergency care within hospitals: can it be done more efficiently?
Br J Nurs. 2015 Sep 10-23;24(16):820-4
Authors: Borgert M, Goossens A, Adams R, Binnekade J, Dongelmans D
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac Arrest Teams (CATs) are frequently activated by nurses when patients experience 'false arrests' (FAs). In those cases activation of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) might be more efficient. The authors determined the level of urgency of FAs to find a scope for improvement in efficiency within emergency care.
METHODS: CAT-activations for FAs in a university hospital from September 2009 to 2012 were retrospectively analysed and classified as urgent or less-urgent.
RESULTS: In 26% (107/405) the CAT was activated for FAs. Calls were classified as urgent in 43% (46/107). Less urgent calls comprised 57% (61/107) of the FAs, difference 14% (95%CI: 1% to 26%).
CONCLUSIONS: A significant part of the CAT-activations for FAs were less urgent and an RRT-activation might be more efficient. To minimise the CAT-activations for FAs, nurses need to recognise early patients who clinically deteriorate. Therefore, nurses should use the Modified Early Warning Score correctly.
PMID: 26355356 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]