Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Policy

Applicable to: Clinicians within WA Health Service Providers

The Department of Health is undertaking a review of acute deterioration within the WA health system which is likely to lead to major amendments being made to the WA Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Policy.

The current policy and procedures are provided to Health Service Providers to reflect current policy requirements.

Description: The objective of this Policy is to assist clinicians to recognise and respond to acute deterioration.

This Policy establishes a set of minimum mandatory requirements, to be implemented by Health Service Providers through the development of local policies, to facilitate the early recognition and response to acute deterioration (including physiological and mental state deterioration) for all inpatients in all healthcare settings across the WA public health system.

This Policy supports the use of clinical judgement while mandating elements of a process to escalate care.

This is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework and supersedes OD 0501/14 WA Health Clinical Deterioration Policy.

Date of effect: 06 June 2018

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