Deteriorating Patient
(including cardiac arrest and sepsis)

The aim of the Deteriorating Patient workstream is to reduce mortality and harm for people in acute hospitals by reliable recognition and response to acutely unwell patients. The SPSP team supports this by focusing on:

  • early recognition of deteriorating patients through the National Early Warning Score (NEWS)
  • the implementation of a process for structured response and treatment for sepsis, and
  • person-centred care planning and early referral where required.

The Deteriorating Patient workstream builds on existing SPSP work when early warning scoring was widely implemented in NHSScotland’s hospitals to support the recognition of acute physiological deterioration.

Driver diagrams

Deteriorating patient driver diagram (PDF)

Sepsis driver diagram (PDF)

SPSP Acute Adult - Deteriorating Patient