The MET team comprises an ICU registrar a medical registrar and a senior ICU nurse. METs are initiated (usually) by a ward nurse in all hospital areas except ICU, ED, theatre and cardiac catheter lab. Your role is to –
- Respond within 5 minutes, as clinical circumstances allow. If you cannot attend due to an unstable patient in ICU or you are scrubbed for a procedure, let the ACCCESS Nurse know of your inability to attend. If appropriate you may delegate for the resident to attend.
- Assess and manage airway, breathing, circulation and conscious state (ABCD).
- Assess whether the patient requires transfer to either ICU or CCU.
- Ensure the parent unit has been contacted by the ward nursing staff to ensure adequate follow up. This is of critical importance as it allows adequate follow-up and prevention of further MET calls.
- If the decision is made that the patient does not require transfer to ICU, ensure handover to the medical registrar.