Deteriorating Patient
(including cardiac arrest and sepsis)

The aim of the Deteriorating Patient workstream is to reduce the level of harm and mortality experienced by people using healthcare services. This is achieved by reliable recognition and response to acutely unwell patients. The SPSP team supports this by focusing on:

• early recognition of acute physiological deterioration through the National Early Warning Score (NEWS),
• the implementation of a process for structured response and treatment for sepsis,
• person centred care planning based on an individual’s clinical condition and goals of care, and
• effective communication of people at risk and their treatment plan.

Driver diagrams

Deteriorating patient driver diagram (PDF)

Sepsis driver diagram (PDF)

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