Hsc3052 - Undertake Physiological Measurements

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HSC3052 – Undertake Physiological Measurements. Outcome 1.1 – Research and explain your responsibilities in relation to “Policy for the Recognition and Response to Acute Illness in Adults in Hospital”. Whenever a patient is admitted to hospital through Accident and Emergency it is essential that a number of baseline observations are taken in order to determine a patients progress whilst staying in hospital. The physiological measurements that should be recorded are respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and level of consciousness. Once a patient has been admitted to a particular ward, it is the responsibility of the Medical and Senior Nursing team to develop a monitoring system tailored to each individual patient in relation to their specific medical needs. The policy “Recognition and Response to Acute Illness in Adults in Hospital” outlines the responsibilities of all staff involved in the recording of physiological measurements (North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust 2012). The observations must be recorded in the in the Physiological Track and Trigger Chart, and carried out by other healthcare staff such as Healthcare Assistants at the intervals specified on this chart. The Physiological Track and Trigger Chart, utilises a system in which all measurements are given a score between 0 and 3, the higher the overall score is the clearer the indication of how unwell the patient is. This score is known as the Early Warning Score (EWS) and is used in order to ensure all staff can recognise and report when a patient is becoming more poorly. All charts will have a clear monitoring plan indication what observations must be taken and how often these must be checked. The monitoring plan may be adjusted in conjunction with the patients treatment and progress throughout their hospital stay, however changing the

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