Safety and Quality > Our Work > Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration > Tools and Resources to Support Implementation of the National Consensus Statement

These tools and resources provide valuable assistance to support health professionals who are implementing recognition and response systems.

Using these tools will assist facilities to implement the criteria outlined in National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 9: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Healthcare, as well as the essential elements outlined in the National Consensus Statement.

The available resources include:

A number of fact sheets about specific aspects of implementing recognition and response systems have been developed. These include tips for implementing systems for recognising and responding to physiological deterioration in mental health services, engaging clinicians, a patient’s story of unrecognised deterioration in hospital, and a series where a range of health professionals share their experiences of implementing recognition and response systems.

These tools provide practical guidance for assessing current systems and planning and prioritising implementation activities. In addition to electronic versions of the self-assessment and action planning tools that are included in the Guide to Implementation of the National Consensus Statement specific tools have been developed to assist in mapping escalation, evaluation, and communication processes. These are in editable PDF format and can be downloaded so that you can enter and save your data.

These tools have been developed in order to assist with the evaluation of some key components of recognition and response systems. Visit the evaluating recognition and response systems web page for more information about evaluation strategies and to download the specifications for a range of quality measures.

A number of Australian healthcare organisations have permitted the Commission to display examples of documents that have been developed for use in their hospitals. These include policies, observation charts, advance care planning documents, audit and data collection tools.

A selection of links to external web sites relating to Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration.

Please email any feedback or suggestions about how the tools could be improved to: Jennifer.Hill@safetyandquality.gov.au

* ACSQHC does not accept any liability or responsibility for any of these resources and tools or their use.