Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Policy

Applicable to: This Policy applies to North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, WA Country Health Service, the Quadriplegic Centre, and Contracted Health Entities to the extent that they provide publicly funded inpatient care, and that this Policy forms part of the contract.

The updated MP 0171/22 Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration (RRAD) has been approved and will be effective from 22 January 2023. Please access the updated policy via the following link as required for developing local policy updates.

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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