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A second medical emergency team (MET) activation more likely in patients with recent MET activation

A prospective cohort study examined 471 MET activatios where the patient was not transferred to a higher level of care found that 18% had a second MET event. These second events were more likely to occur in the first 8-12 hours and to occur in patients recently discharged from the ICU.

Citation: Still MD et al. Predictors of a second medical emergency team activation within 24 hours of index event. J Nurs Care Qual 2018;33(2): 157-65

Risk of CV events in patients with TIA or minor stroke decreases significantly after first year

A prospective cohort study following TIA or minor stroke patients from the project shows that the risk of additional events (death from cardiovascular cause, nonfatal stroke, or nonfatal acute coronary syndrome) in the following 5 years is 12.9% with half of those events occuring in the first year.

Citation: Amarenco P et al. Five-year risk of stroke after TIA or minor ischemic stroke. N Engl J Med. 2018;378:2182-90.

Maintenance of certification associated with better physician performance scores

Physicians who still participated in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs 20 years after their initial certification scored higher on a variety of physician performance scores on Medicare patients.

Citation: Gray BG et al. Associations between American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certificate status and performance on a set of healthcare effectiveness data and information set (HEDIS) process measures. Ann Intern Med. 2018;169(2):97-105.

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