Recognizing Deteriorating Patient Condition in an Obstetrical Setting
When introducing early warning tools and systems, it's important to consider design, implementation and evaluation processes that include all relevant team members, as with any improvement opportunity. 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 an obstetrical setting.
- Heavy bleeding after birth (post-partum haemorrhage) patient information leaflet, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2016)
- Obstetrical Triage Acuity Scale, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (2013)
- Maternal Early Warning Systems, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America (2015)
- Safety Is Personal - Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2014)
- Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care, The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (2012)
- HIROC Risk Reference Sheets, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (nd)
Patient safety experts agree that effective teamwork skills are essential for safe, quality healthcare that prevents and mitigates harm. TeamSTEPPS Canada™ – Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety, is an evidence-based teamwork system that optimizes patient care by improving communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals, including frontline staff. Healthcare Excellence Canada can help Canadian teams implement TeamSTEPPS Canada™ modules and content to address patient safety challenges.
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