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RESTORE 2: Early Detection and Management of Deteriorating Patients 12 September 2024

Course: 26 September 2023 Times: 09h00 – 12h00 and 13h00 – 16h00 Lecturer: Gill Dunn

Course Description:

This course aims to make National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2) accessible to care and nursing homes through the use of soft signs of deterioration. It includes a communication and escalation protocol developed with GP’s, ambulance providers, and deterioration experts specifically for care/nursing homes to support them to raise concerns and a structured communication tool (SBARD) to ensure residents get the support they need.

Course Aims

To equip healthcare professionals in care and nursing homes with the knowledge and skills to identify early signs of deterioration in residents using the NEWS2 and soft signs of deterioration and how to use the SBARD tool for structured communication and the communication and escalation protocol for raising concerns.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose and use of the National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2) and soft signs of deterioration.
  2. Identify early signs of deterioration in residents using NEWS2 and soft signs of deterioration.
  3. Use the SBARD tool for structured communication.
  4. Implement the communication and escalation protocol for raising concerns and ensuring residents get the support they need.
  5. Communicate effectively with GP’s, ambulance providers, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of the resident.

 Course Overview:

  • Introduction to Early Detection of Deterioration
    • Purpose and importance of early detection of deterioration
    • Overview of National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2) and soft signs of deterioration
  • National Early Warning Scores (NEWS2)
    • Components of NEWS2
    • How to calculate NEWS2
    • Interpretation of NEWS2 scores
    • Case studies and exercises
  • Soft Signs of Deterioration
    • Definition and examples of soft signs of deterioration
    • Importance of observing and recording soft signs
    • Case studies and exercises
  • Communication and Escalation Protocol
    • Purpose and importance of the communication and escalation protocol
    • Steps of the communication and escalation protocol
    • Role of GP’s, ambulance providers, and deterioration experts in the protocol
    • Case scenarios and role-playing exercises
  • Structured Communication Tool (SBARD)
    • Overview of SBARD tool
    • Components of SBARD
    • How to use SBARD for structured communication
  • Summary and Conclusion
    • Review of key learning points
    • Discussion and questions
    • Evaluation and feedback

 Target Audience:

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Nursing Assistants
  • General Practitioners (GPs)
  • Other healthcare professionals working in care and nursing homes

Pre-Requisites:

  • Basic knowledge of physiology and common medical conditions found in the elderly population.
  • Basic clinical skills, such as taking vital signs and patient communication.
  • Professional credentials to practice as a healthcare professional.

Materials Provided:

  • Handouts
  • Case studies
  • SBARD tool template
  • Communication and escalation protocol flowchart

Lecturer : Gill Dunn

Gill Dunn, Diabetes Nurse Specialist

This is a 3hr live webinar. In-house course. This can also be offered as an E-learning course. Please email [email protected]