When introducing early warning tools and systems, as with any improvement opportunity, it's important to consider design, implementation and evaluation processes that include all relevant team members. Meaningful consultation and contribution is key to implementing and sustaining improvement. The following tools and resources will assist you in recognizing and responding to the deteriorating patient condition in a general care setting.
If you are interested in learning more about early warning systems using an electronic health or medical record, the teams at either Hamilton Health Sciences via Alison Fox-Robichaud, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Miletin, MD at William Osler Health System (Michael.Miletin@williamoslerhs.ca) would be happy to speak with you.
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