Recognising And Responding Of Clinical Deterioration

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Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration
Introduction
Early recognition of deterioration will avoid preventable deaths in hospitals and can help stabilising patients by implementing required escalation procedures.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care provides national standards and advocates procedures and policy outlines to recognise and respond to clinical deterioration.
Consensus statement
The consensus statement is essential 8 elements required for a prompt and reliable response to clinical deterioration.
The eight essential elements in the consensus statement are:
Clinical processes
1. Measurement and documentation of observations
2. Escalation of care
3. Rapid response systems
4. Clinical communication
Organisational prerequisites
5. Organisational supports
6. Education
7. Evaluation, audit and feedback
8. Technological systems and solutions (safetyandquality.gov.au, 2012)
Fact Sheets
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have developed 6 fact sheets in order to support all health care systems to introduce and implement observation and response charts in practice which contains the guidance and information to meet NSQHS Standard 9: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care (safetyandquality.gov.au, 2012).
Observation Charts
Observation charts are the key components of documentation of vital signs and modifications of clinical review criteria and modified MET call criteria. These…
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