University of Technology Sydney

96315 Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration

6cp; 4 x 1.5hr (online, e.g. zoom), 20 hours per week (self-directed study and participation in module activities)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding, of how to promptly recognise and appropriately escalate and manage a patient's acute deterioration in physiological, cognitive, and/or mental state, to improve patient safety and outcomes. A particular emphasis is placed on the importance of using a person-centred approach, when caring for acutely ill patients and their significant others.

The subject aims to strengthen students’ ability to critique how organisation-wide systems and processes can support and promote, detection, recognition and management, of acute patient deterioration. Students will consider the roles and accountability of the nurse in leading, communicating and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team, to enable/facilitate rapid patient assessment and response.

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