Can an interactive training video help clinicians overcome behavioural barriers to the timely escalation of care for deteriorating patients?
Recognising the signs of patient deterioration is a vital clinical skill. The earlier deterioration is recognised, the more that can be done to provide the right care at the right time.
Timely escalation of care can also provide cost savings to the health system by reducing the need for the Medical Emergency Team (MET) to be called in, for example.
Despite being aware of the process and the benefits, healthcare professionals can find it difficult to initiate escalation of care conversations with senior staff due to behavioural barriers like fear of hierarchy, reservations about speaking up and pushback to escalation.
The aim of this trial was to explore the effectiveness of an interactive training video in reducing these barriers.