National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for recognising and responding to acute physiological deterioration

The National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for recognising and responding to acute physiological deterioration sets out the agreed practice for recognising and responding to acute physiological deterioration. It was developed as a generic document that applies to all patients in all acute care facilities in Australia.

National Consensus Statement contents

The 2016 National Consensus Statement (PDF 2MB) outlines the:

  • Importance of providing safe and high-quality care to patients who deteriorate in hospitals
  • Clinical processes required to recognise these patients, and respond to them appropriately
  • Organisational systems required to ensure that patients who deteriorate are recognised and responded to.

The Commission updated the Consensus Statement in 2016, and is currently undertaking a second review in 2019. It is anticipated that the third edition of the Consensus Statement will include an increased emphasis on the importance of determining the reason for deterioration, including forming, testing, communicating, managing and documenting provisional and differential diagnoses.

National Consensus Statement resources

A comprehensive Guide to Support Implementation of the National Consensus Statement helps health service providers to identify strategies for successfully implementing robust recognition and response systems.

A series of five Quick-Start Guides enables rapid access to the key requirements for implementation of the Consensus Statement.