How to detect the subtle changes of early deterioration

Kathryn Latimer-Jones,
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A crucial nursing role is the identification of patient deterioration. Identifying deterioration usually begins with the observation of vital signs. Nevertheless, this depends on how users interpret the results they find, as well as their ability to consult with their senior colleagues when needed. The aim of this article is to help nurses improve their knowledge of the skills required to promptly identify potentially life-threatening problems by employing a systematic approach, which can ultimately result in better care and better outcomes.

Figure 1. 24-hour patient monitoring chart. Accurate recording of vital signs can significantly increase the detection of patient deterioration.
Figure 1. 24-hour patient monitoring chart. Accurate recording of vital signs can significantly increase the detection of patient deterioration.

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