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Assessing and Responding to a Deteriorating Child

Learn how to clinically assess the child at risk of deterioration and utilise critical thinking skills to respond and escalate treatment as appropriate to prevent further deterioration.

Course Overview

The NSQHS Standards clearly stipulate the need for all healthcare staff to be proficient in the recognition of the deteriorating patient. In many cases, the deteriorating patient has shown signs well before they are recognised causing further disability or prolonged recovery times. Learning how to pick up on the subtle and more obvious cues and responding promptly has the potential to improve outcomes for all involved.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an awareness of the clinical assessment of the unwell child
  • Receive information regarding the signs of deterioration
  • Gain an understanding of the steps to respond to an acute deterioration
  • Acquire knowledge of critical thinking skills involved in escalating care

Course Content



First Published




1 hour

Jul 2019

Jul 2019

Sept 2021

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GLarson - Grace Larson

Grace Larson

Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse​ & Nurse Educator


Grace is a paediatric nurse with 12 years of experience in the paediatric intensive care environment. She completed a masters of nursing with a research project on the topic of analgesia and sedation in postoperative cardiac patients. Her roles have included those in education, quality and safety and recently she has been involved in the development of paediatric resuscitation courses for the Victorian branch of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Graces latest endeavour involves branching out with two colleagues to deliver education regarding the management of acute paediatrics to regional and rural centres in Victoria. The company PAEDS will provide tailored and affordable education to parts of Victoria that generally have less access to this specialised area.