Recognising and responding to deterioration

Serious adverse events such as unexpected death and cardiac arrest are often preceded by observable physiological and clinical abnormalities. Other serious events such as suicide or aggression are are also often preceded by observed or reported changes in a person's behaviours or mood that can indicate a deterioration in their mental state. 

Early identification of deterioration may improve outcomes and lessen the intervention required for patients whose condition deteriorates. 

A number of resources have been developed by the Commission to ensure acute deterioration is recognised promptly and appropriate actions are taken  when patients are in hospital. Acute deterioration includes physiological changes, as well as changes in cognition and mental state.

Information on other programs of work in the Commission that can help with improving recognition and response to deterioration can be found on the following pages: