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Getting Ahead of Patient Deterioration [Infographic]

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Detecting patient deterioration is more important than ever. Patient deterioration can bring a patient from appearance of normality to code blue in a matter of hours. By detecting patient deterioration earlier, you can identify high-risk patients and prevent conditions such as sepsis. Learn more about patient deterioration in our infographic, Getting Ahead of Patient Deterioration.


This infographic provides recent data and best practices for preventing patient deterioration-related events in hospitals. The insights shared in the infographic will help you gain an understanding of the state of patient deterioration in hospitals, with data-driven strategies for identifying and preventing potentially fatal events in patients.

This infographic will cover the following topics:

  • The difficulties of detecting patient deterioration
  • The impact deterioration has on hospitals
  • Strategies for detecting the early signs of patient deterioration
  • Best practices for clinical responses
  • The latest data on patient deterioration

Why Study Patient Deterioration?

Signs of deterioration can be detected 6 to 8 hours before an event or cardiac arrest in some patients.1 Unfortunately, factors like shift changes and lapses in vitals monitoring can cause deterioration to go unnoticed in the hospital.

Identifying and caring for patients who are deteriorating in a timely manner can result in the dramatic reduction of code blue events. Check out our infographic below to reveal important information and data you need to know when it comes to patient deterioration in the hospital.

infographic for getting ahead of patient deterioration


1. Utilization of Electronic Modified Early Warning Score to Engage Rapid Response Team in Clinical Deterioration; Melody A. Rose, DNP, RN; Lee Ann Hanna, PhD, RN; Sareda A. Nur, MD; Constance M. Johnson, PhD, RN. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development & Volume 31, Issue 3.