On 22 April 2010, Australian Health Ministers endorsed the National Consensus Statement: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration (PDF 1013 kb) as the national approach for recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in Australian acute care facilities.
Healthcare facilities need to have systems in place that address all elements of the Consensus Statement to ensure that all patients who deteriorate receive a timely and appropriate treatment response. A suite of resources has been developed to support healthcare organisations to implement recognition and response systems:
The Consensus Statement has been used as the foundation for the development of National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 9: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care. The resources that have been developed to support implementation of the Consensus Statement will also assist facilities to implement the criteria outlined in the Standard.