Medical Emergency Response Team
Expecting the Unexpected
Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
Visitors are often the first to notice changes in a patient’s condition. Please inform the nurse right away if you notice any changes in your family member’s condition.
The nurse will assess and initiate appropriate actions which may include activating the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) for further evaluation.
MERT is a group of specialized health care practitioners dedicated to promoting the health and safety of patients. The team is activated whenever a patient experiences an unexpected change in mental status, blood pressure, heart rate or rhythm, or breathing.
This mobile team will respond to the patient’s bedside to evaluate and initiate treatment as needed and decide if the patient needs to be moved to a higher level of care. The MERT members consult with physicians and other health care providers to ensure the best possible care.
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