Recognising the physically ill patient

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What’s covered on the day?

This session will allow anyone involved in the assessment and monitoring of a patient, to develop the appropriate skills for completing an A-E assessment and recognising a physically ill patient or deteriorating patient. It will allow them to also then recognise at what point should further assistance be sought, and what can be done to promote the recovery and rescue of a deteriorating patient. The training will link to national guidance, policies and protocols that are applicable to measuring information objectively. The course will also equip learners with appropriate handover tools for escalating issues.


Learners will complete a knowledge assessment at the end of the course, along with practical tasks throughout the day allowing them to gain the confidence and competency in assessing a deteriorating patient using the A-E assessment protocol. A further 1 day can be provided where full assessment and skills based practice is included in simulation, although this does not form part of the main learning objectives.

Number of Delegates: 15

Duration: Full Day

CPD Hours: 7

Participatory Hours: 5

Learning Outcomes

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  • Define what is meant by the term
  • Recognising a Physically Ill or deteriorating patient
  • Explain what an A-E Assessment entails
  • Discuss the principles of airway assessment and demonstrate how to perform an appropriate airway assessment
  • Describe how airway adjunct can be used to assist with a deteriorating patient
  • Demonstrate a full breathing assessment, and how to fully record your observations
  • Justify what actions you would take if your findings were not within acceptable limits
  • Identify how to assess a patient’s cardiovascular system, including alternative assessments if formal readings are not available
  • List what aspects of assessment would be included in the disability and exposure elements of an A-E assessment
  • Summarise the overall findings of a full A-E assessment and how to translate this into an EWS score
  • Relate your EWS score and findings, into actions for escalation
  • Plan an appropriate handover for a deteriorating patient to a medical professional using the SBAR tool
  • State how accountability, the 6C’s and communication all link with the assessment and recognition of a deteriorating patient.
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