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Nurses' role in detecting deterioration in ward patients: systematic literature review.

Odell M; Victor C; Oliver D.

September 30, 2009
Odell M; Victor C; Oliver D.

This systematic review indicates that nurses use their clinical judgment to determine if a patient's clinical condition is deteriorating, with vital signs and other objective measures used adjunctively. This finding has implications for the use of "trigger" systems for alerting staff to unstable patients.