How can we better respond to deteriorating patients?
Dr Alison Pirret, from Massey University’s School of Nursing, specialises in research around managing deteriorating adult ward patients. She worked on a study utilising an oxygen device in the ward at Middlemore Hospital. Previously the device had only been used in an intensive care unit. The study found that most patients’ condition improved significantly within 20 minutes of using the device. Dr Pirret is also working nationally with the Health Quality and Safety Commission Deteriorating Patient Programme on a five-year programme to improve care for deteriorating patients admitted to hospital.
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