Frequency, nature and timing of clinical deterioration in the early postoperative period.
Suad Mohammed Iddrisu, Julie Considine, Anastasia Hutchinson
J Clin Nurs | Published : 2018
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To establish the frequency of clinical deterioration in the early postoperative period in patients who have undergone general or orthopaedic surgery. BACKGROUND: Worldwide, clinical deterioration is a significant problem in acute care settings. Early recognition and response to clinical deterioration is one of the ten National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards in Australia. However, there is limited understanding of the frequency of clinical deterioration in surgical patients. METHODS: A point prevalence study was conducted from September-October 2014. The records of 100 consecutive in patients admitted for orthopaedic (n = 48) or general surgery (n = 52) to a ..View full abstract