Our hospital staff are trained to provide the very best care to all South Australians. This includes recognising when a patient’s condition is worsening or not doing as well as expected. Despite this, there are times when you may be concerned about a recent change in your condition or that of a loved one. We understand you know yourself or your loved ones best. If something does not feel right, tell us.
You may also feel worried that you are not improving like you should be following a recent hospital admission, or visit to an emergency department or outpatient appointment.
Whether you are currently in hospital or recovering at home – if something does not feel right, tell us.
Speak up if
something doesn’t feel right
you think something may have been missed
you are concerned or worried.
Early recognition and response to clinical deterioration can prevent serious illness or death.
I’m worried - what should I do?
If you or a loved one has recently attended an appointment at a health service or visited a hospital and should be getting better but you believe are getting worse, please contact the hospital or health service you visited and explain your condition and concerns.
Research undertaken by Dr Lindy King, Professor Hugh Grantham, Dr Tom Young, Dr Shahid Ullah, Mr Guy Peacock, Professor Robyn Clark and Professor Michael Kidd of Flinders University informed the development of the ‘You’re worried, we’re listening’ educational materials.
You can search through to find related information.
DL Flyer You're worried, We're listening
PDF 213 KB
Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration Policy Directive
PDF 253 KB
Standard 8 Recognising and responding to acute deterioration standard
PDF 282 KB
Factsheet Escalation of Care
PDF 87 KB
A safety and quality challenge is to ensure that patients whose clinical status deteriorates receive appropriate and timely care
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