A patient’s heart rate, systolic blood pressure, Braden Skin Scale (a nursing assessment), arterial oxygen saturation, and respiratory rate are entered into a simple mathematical equation that calculates the patient’s risk of having cardiac arrest, emergency transfer to the ICU, or Rapid Response Team activation in the next 2-12 hours. The calculation is made every time any one of those variables is entered in the patient’s flow sheet. In this manner, a patient at risk for clinical deterioration can be identified before he/she decompensates to the point of emergency intervention. This may reduce the patient’s morbidity and mortality, as well as hospital resource use and costs.
Clinical Deterioration Prediction ToolTechnology #2012-136
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