Serious adverse events in hospitalised patients, including medical emergencies and mental health complications, such as suicide, violence, and aggression, are often preceded by abnormal clinical observations.
Early identification of these abnormalities allows for a prompt and effective medical response that can improve outcomes, lessen the complexity of interventions required to stabilise the patient, and prevent in-hospital mortality.
All acute care settings in Australia must maintain effective systems for recognising and responding to acute deterioration.
In particular, nurses are responsible for recognising patients who are unwell, escalating care, supporting an appropriate medical response, and communicating the plan of care with patients, carers, and families.
This course is focused on recognising and responding to deterioration in adult patients in acute healthcare facilities.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: