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Deteriorating patients: the tools to help you know when to speak up

As a student you may feel unsure about raising concerns, but doing so could save a life

As a student you may feel unsure about raising concerns, but doing so could save a life

After a lecture highlighted the number of preventable deaths every year in the UK, it scared me to think I could be involved in the care of a patient whose deteriorating condition I could have spotted earlier.

I was in the second year of my adult nursing degree, and wanted to learn more about how nursing students can help identify and manage patient deterioration. As a result, I carried out some research on the subject, which I then presented at a Health Education England learner engagement event.

What the data reveals about avoidable deaths

Data from the Office for

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