First edition of the Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Care Standard

The Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care Standard was introduced in the first edition of the NSQHS Standards.

Standard 9 of the first edition of the NSQHS Standards required health service organisations to establish and maintain systems for recognising and responding to clinical deterioration. Clinicians and other members of the workforce were also required to use the recognition and response systems.

The intent of the standard was to ensure that a patient’s deterioration is recognised promptly, and appropriate action is taken.