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New early warning system for ACT hospitals

Thumper 6 March 2008 4

ACT Health has introduced a new early warning system that aims to detect if a patient’s condition is getting worse.

IBN news reports that the new program is being rolled out to the inpatient areas of Canberra Hospital and Calvary after a four-month trial last year.

It uses a new patient observation chart and early warning scores to pinpoint a patient’s deterioration sooner.

Sounds like a good idea to me, especially if it will help will triage in Emergency.

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4 Responses to New early warning system for ACT hospitals
Ari Ari 12:09 pm 06 Mar 08

… and Katy’s not responsible.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:08 pm 06 Mar 08

Early Warning System: if patient hasn’t moved for six hours and feels cold to the touch – they’re dead.

szeretetta szeretetta 10:50 am 06 Mar 08

The early warning system does not have anything to do with triage.

The system involves a replacement of charts used for recording observations to ones that make it easier to determine when a patient’s condition is deteriorating. This then provides the opportunity for doctors or the Medical Emergency Team to be called earlier, hopefully leading to improved patient outcomes…

Deano Deano 10:28 am 06 Mar 08

The new system doesn’t have anything to do with triage in Emergency. It is just a more systematic way of monitoring a patient’s condition in the ward.

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