Patient deterioration: Assessing risk and taking action
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Patient deterioration: Assessing risk and taking action

Advice on the complex mix of clinical skills, knowledge – and gut feeling too – used in decision-making

Experienced nurses use a multitude of sources of information to make decisions about deteriorating patients, to build the best picture of their health, according to a recent US study. Researchers found that these nurses gather information from communication with the patient and their family, patient assessment, medical records, and by considering factors in the patient’s environment that could affect health.

Nursing Standard. 37, 6, 41-44. doi: 10.7748/ns.37.6.41.s18

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