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Shift to Safety. Your source for patient safetyRecognizing Deteriorating Patient Condition – what leaders need to know!

As a healthcare leader, it's important to ensure appropriate system supports and resources are available within your organization to effectively to manage the early recognition of clinical deterioration. It's important as well to recognize the valuable role family members play in the recognition of clinical deterioration, and to enable open and effective communication between patients and providers. Empower yourself, your providers and the patients they care for, with the following information and resources.

Early warning signs of deteriorating condition are often unrecognized, leading to devastating results. Research shows that virtually all critical inpatient events are preceded by warning signs that occur approximately six-and-a-half hours in advance. The most comprehensive approach to successfully managing deteriorating patient condition should include patients and their family as members of the healthcare team. It consists of:

  1. The recognition of deteriorating condition (early warning systems)
  2. Timely and appropriate response (escalation measures)

All of the Deteriorating Patient Condition Resources are divided into the following categories. Don't forget to share them with your colleagues.

SHIFT to Safety helps you put the spotlight on patient safety. Shift your focus to what you do best — leading your organization in quality improvement.

Are you a patient or provider? Please share these resources with the leadership at your healthcare facility! We also offer Deteriorating Patient Condition resources specific to the public and providers.

All of these tools, resources and information was assembled/curated by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute in partnership with the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada and Patients for Patient Safety Canada.

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