Deteriorating Patient

The aim of the SPSP Acute Adult Deteriorating Patient Programme is to reduce the level of harm experienced by people using healthcare services.

This will be achieved by supporting hospital teams to recognise and respond appropriately to unwell, deteriorating patients. The SPSP team supports the Deteriorating Patient Programme with a focus on;

  • early recognition of acute physiological deterioration through the National Early Warning Score (NEWS/NEWS 2)
  • the implementation of a process for structured response and treatment for sepsis
  • person centered 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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