Early identification and pre-emptive management of the deteriorating patient, by front line clinical staff, can help to prevent or reduce organ failure and greatly improve patient survival, as well as potentially averting ICU admission or reducing length of ICU stay.
With the appropriate awareness, training, and organisational response, such action can help the patient at any stage in their pathway, from primary and pre-hospital care through to emergency department and general hospital wards.
As part of the Network's strategy to optimise care for deteriorating patients in North West London, we had workstreams for:
- Implementation of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) across all Network sites
- Education to improve the standard of patient observations, and ensuring quality of care to improve the rescue of critically ill patients
- Service improvements and organisational changes to improve critical illness recognition and response pathways within secondary care in North West London