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Patient deterioration: making sure the signs aren’t missed

Staff shortages could put identifying deterioration at risk, but with the stakes so high, it is important to ensure that patients are monitored effectively

Staff shortages could put identifying deterioration at risk, but with the stakes so high, it is important to ensure that patients are monitored effectively

  • Nurses are often the first to notice the signs that a patient is deteriorating, but staffing shortages may affect time spent at the bedside
  • There are many tools, such as NEWS2 and Sepsis Six, that can help identify risk of deterioration, but they must be used along with clinical judgement
  • The need for electronic monitoring and adjustments for children, tools for carers and how to recognise the ‘soft signs’ of deterioration

Amid unprecedented NHS pressures and staff shortages, identifying when a patient is deteriorating – as with many aspects

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