Non-technical skills required to recognise and escalate patient deterioration in acute hospital settings
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Non-technical skills required to recognise and escalate patient deterioration in acute hospital settings

Cara Large Nursing student, University of Wolverhampton, England
Matthew Aldridge Senior lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, England

Recognising patient deterioration is a vital nursing role. Observation based on vital signs and early warning scores are mandatory for all adult patients in acute hospital care and are the first steps in identifying deterioration. However, they rely on users’ understanding of the significance of the results they find and their ability to escalate to senior colleagues if necessary. This article examines the non-technical skills nurses require to recognise and escalate patient deterioration. It explores and analyses the literature on this topic and suggests there is a need for greater focus on situational awareness in nurse training and in healthcare in general, as this is linked to improved patient safety.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1707

Citation

Large C, Aldridge M (2018) Non-technical skills required to recognise and escalate patient deterioration in acute hospital settings. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1707

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

c.l.large@icloud.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 02 May 2018

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