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Title: Automated rapid response system activation-Impact on nurses' attitudes and perceptions towards recognising and responding to clinical deterioration: Mixed-methods study.
Austin Authors: Chua, Wei Ling;Wee, Li-Phing Clarice;Lim, Jia Ying Germaine;Yeo, Min Li Kimberly;Jones, Daryl A ;Tan, Chee Keat;Khan, Faheem Ahmed;Liaw, Sok Ying
Affiliation: Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Department of Nursing Administration, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System, Singapore.
Department of Nursing, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System, Singapore.
Intensive Care
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System, Singapore.
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbou Australia.
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: Sep-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Journal of Clinical Nursing 2023-09; 32(17-18)
Abstract: To explore general ward nurses' attitudes and perceptions towards recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in a hospital with automated rapid response system activation. There is growing interest in deploying automated clinical deterioration notification systems to reduce delayed or failed recognition and response to clinical deterioration of ward patients. However, little is known about its impact on ward nurses' perspectives and work patterns. A mixed-methods study. Online survey of 168 registered nurses and individual interviews with 10 registered nurses in one acute hospital in Singapore. The study adhered to the STROBE checklist for cross-sectional studies and the COREQ guidelines for qualitative studies. Many nurses (38.1%) rarely performed patient assessments or observations other than vital signs assessment to assess for early signs of clinical deterioration. About 30% were worried about being criticised for calling the primary team doctors. Four themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: automated rapid response system activation as a safety net, being more cautious with vital signs monitoring, the NEWS2 alone is inadequate, and ward nurses as the 'middleman' between the intensive care unit outreach nurse and primary team doctors. Although nurses value the automated rapid response system activation as a safety net to minimise delays in accessing urgent critical care resources, it does not address the sociocultural barriers inherent in escalation of care. Although the automated system led nurses to be more cautious with vital signs monitoring, it does not encourage them to perform comprehensive patient assessments to detect early signs of deterioration. Nurse education on assessing for clinical deterioration should focus on the use of broader patient assessment skills other than vital signs. Sociocultural barriers to escalation of care remain a key issue that needs to be addressed by hospital management. No patients, service users, care-givers or members of the public were involved in the study.
URI: https://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/32752
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.16734
ORCID: 0000-0002-4870-2728
0000-0002-8326-4049
Journal: Journal of Clinical Nursing
PubMed URL: 37087695
ISSN: 1365-2702
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: automated notification system
clinical deterioration
critical care outreach
early warning score
escalation of care
mixed-methods
nurses
patient assessment
rapid response system
real-time e-alert
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