The critical care outreach service reviews patients following their discharge from critical care and supports ward-based teams with on-going care.
Made up of nurses and doctors with critical care skills, the team aims to improve patient safety – and improve patient outcomes – by providing a higher vigilance of ‘at risk’ patients.
This is achieved through early detection of any deterioration, so that staff can immediately respond and deliver the most appropriate treatment.
Training and education
Another important role for the team is providing training and education for clinical staff during ward rounds and on-call visits to areas so their assessment skills and clinical-decision making is enhanced.
A rolling educational programme is also being continued to give healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills required to identify critically ill patients.