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Safer care for the deteriorating patient

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 NEWS (National Early Warning Score)

We have developed a programme encouraging the use of a single early warning score – the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) – across the region and at each of the interfaces of care across the healthcare system. This work is supported by our NEWS Implementation Toolkit. 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.

Here is the latest version of the NEWS poster, to see a summary of the project 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.

Here is the latest version of the ED Safety Checklist poster, to see a summary of the 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.

Sepsis Collaborative

Our Sepsis Collaborative is working on improving sepsis care for patients across the West of England as part of the Safer Care through Early Warning Scores project. 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.