A common cause of preventable harm is the failure to detect and appropriately respond to clinical deterioration. This challenging problem requires effective clinical surveillance, early recognition, timely notification of the appropriate clinician, and effective intervention. Ambulatory patients recovering from an acute event (e.g., surgery, illness), or those undergoing potentially hazardous treatments (e.g., chemotherapy), are at high risk for deterioration. Deterioration in outpatients is more difficult to detect and there is less ready access to clinical services. If early signs of deterioration are missed, leading to the need for more acute care, readmission and often preventable harm. We will employ a systems engineering-oriented user-centered design (UCD) process to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative tools and processes to address this complex patient safety problem.
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Baseline Study (Years 1-2) [60 patients, 8 weeks each]:
Validation Study (Year 3) [60 patients, 8 weeks each]:
Evaluation Study (Year 4) [60 patients, 90 days each]: