Critical care outreach

The role of critical care outreach is primarily to ensure that critically ill patients, or those at risk of becoming so, receive appropriate and timely treatment in the most suitable location within the hospital environment.
There are a number of different models and titles for Critical Care Outreach including Patient At Risk Team (PART); MET team; Outreach combined with Resuscitation services, to name a few. But generally the underlying objectives are similar:

Critical care outreach services have been established in many acute trusts in the UK since the concept was first recommended in the Department of Health document ‘Comprehensive Critical Care: A review of the Adult Critical Care Services’ (DH 2000). The concept of an outreach team was first developed in New South Wales, Australia in1990, with the development of the Medical Emergency Team. The MET team replaced the traditional cardiac arrest team by adopting a more proactive approach and the development of a scoring system to identify those patients at risk of impending illness with the aim of early intervention as an attempt to improve outcome.



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