P_CS_16 Physiological Observations

Physiological observations are fundamental to ensuring that patients in hospital are safe and that healthcare professionals are aware of the health status of patients. Patients within all hospital settings are at risk of physiological deterioration and not all patient deterioration can be predicted, so all patients (with the exception of some patients at the end of their life) require observation which includes the taking and recording of vital signs.

This policy outlines how LCHST will meet the duties set out in the NHSLA Risk Management Standard (4.8), which requires that all organisations have an approved documented process for managing the risks associated with the deteriorating patient.

The policy incorporates guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, the National Patient Safety Agency and the National Early Warning Score.

Compliance with the guideline will be the responsibility of all Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust staff.

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