School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills staff ensure students are prepared for changes in practice
The Clinical Skills Centre’s Audrey Gregory and Dr George Hogg have revised the current Transition Block Recognising Acute Deterioration and Active Response (RADAR), ensuring it accommodates the introduction of the new National Early Warning Score (NEWS) being rolled out by NHS Tayside.
A new, standardised method for identifying and responding to those who present with acute illness, NEWS assigns a score to six physiological parameters routinely measured when a patient arrives in hospital: respiratory rate, oxygen saturations, temperature, systolic blood pressure, pulse rate, and level of consciousness.
The magnitude of the score reflects how far each parameter varies from the norm. The score is then aggregated, and uplifted for those patients requiring oxygen.
With the University of Dundee year 4 medical students due to begin working in the clinical areas at Ninewells Hospital soon, it is crucial they are aware of any changes in practice – including NEWS and the NHS Tayside Deteriorating Patient Documentation.
The changes were facilitated with help from Clinical Skills Centre staff and colleagues from the Hospital at Night Team at Ninewells Hospital.
Audrey, a Senior Clinical Skills Tutor, said:
“RADAR is usually run using simulated patients to allow the students to practice a range of skills around clinical deterioration.”
“However, as the NEWS and Deterioration Patient Structured Response are new to the clinical areas, a table-top exercise giving the students a chance to use the documents proved to be a really useful way of preparing them, and allowing them to see the guidance and documentation available to support their decision making.”