|Title:||WA Clinical Alert (Med Alert) Policy|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0511/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 13 March 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||This policy aims to ensure a standardised process for identifying, documenting and communicating clinical alerts occurs within WA public health services.|
|Period of effect:||from 28 February 2014|
|Review date:||28 June 2016|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/ Director General, Department of Health Western Australia, 27-Feb-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
WA Clinical Alert (Med Alert) Policy
This policy aims to ensure a standardised process for identifying, documenting and communicating clinical alerts occurs within WA public health services.
A clinical alert is a diagnosis which has the potential to be of critical importance to a patient’s management during the first 24 hours of their admission to hospital and assumes that the patient is not always capable of communicating such information. There are three classifications of clinical alerts; anaesthetic, medical and medication alerts.
By raising a clinical alert (also known as Med Alert) for approval to be entered onto the PAS (patient administration system –TOPAS/webPAS/HCare), critical clinical information can be immediately flagged for notification to clinicians before the medical record is retrieved.
The WA Clinical Alert Policy mandates the implementation of a standardised process of communicating clinical alerts within WA Health public health services using the PAS and strongly encourages the communication of alert information between private and public health facilities.
This policy aims to ensure the following elements exist across WA hospital services:
A copy of the full Western Australian Clinical Alert (Med Alert) Policy is also available from the Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare website at: http://www.safetyandquality.health.wa.gov.au
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Monday, 3 April 2017 at 4:56pm