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Safer care for the deteriorating patient

If you would like to find out more about work in the West of England to improve the management of deterioration during COVID-19 please visit our resource page

One of the priorities identified by our Patient Safety Collaborative is the emergency management of the deteriorating patient – in particular identifying patients at risk and avoiding patient deterioration.

Working with colleagues across the health service community, we are focusing on these key areas:

Safer Care through NEWS2 (National Early Warning Score)

We have developed a programme to encourage and support the use of a single early warning score – the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) – across the region and at each of the interfaces of care across the healthcare system. Use of NEWS2 throughout acute and community settings enables deterioration to be recognised, tracked and appropriately responded to at all stages of a patient’s journey, including at points of handover of care. Find out more.

Watch our short film telling the story of a patient in North Somerset, who made a quick and full recovery from sepsis as a result of NEWS being communicated at every handover of care.

To see a summary of the project in the form of a poster, including results and challenges click here.

Emergency Department Safety Checklist

The Emergency Department Collaborative was set up in August 2016 to encourage greater collaboration between each of the six acute trust emergency departments (EDs) across the West of England, as well as the South Western Ambulance Service. Find out more.

To see a poster summary of the ED Safety Checklist project, including results and challenges click here.

Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative

The West of England AHSN is part of the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative, working with more than 20 hospitals across three Academic Health Science Networks. Find out more.

Structured Mortality Reviews

The West of England AHSN in collaboration with eight acute trusts are one of the early implementers of the structured review and have developed a best practice framework as a template to support the trusts in this project. Find out more.