Prevention of deterioration in acutely ill patients in hospital
Colin Steen Lecturer in critical care and acute care pathway leader, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
The shift towards providing critical care in general wards has changed the way acutely ill patients are identified, treated and managed in hospital. This requires the expertise of knowledgeable, informed and capable staff. Effective education and appropriate knowledge and skills are required to aid identification of the deteriorating patient and provide prompt, timely and appropriate intervention to prevent further deterioration and possibly death. This article provides information about a systematic approach that will enable healthcare professionals to intervene to prevent deterioration in acutely ill patients.
Nursing Standard. 24, 49, 49-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.08.24.49.49.c7935Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review