caring for patients in acute hospital settings should have competencies in monitoring, measurement, interpretation and prompt response to the acutely ill patient appropriate to the level of care they are providing. Education and training should be provided to ensure staff have these competencies, and they should be assessed to ensure they can demonstrate them. response strategy for patients identified as being at risk of clinical deterioration should be triggered by either physiological track and trigger score or clinical concern. thresholds for track and trigger systems should be set locally. The threshold should be reviewed regularly to optimise sensitivity and specificity.

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Cover of Acutely Ill Patients in Hospital
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