NSW Health observation charts
Calling criteria for early recognition of the deteriorating patient was standardised across NSW through extensive widespread consultation with clinical experts. Information obtained from current research, together with the application of "human factor" principles provides the basis for the Yellow Zone (Clinical Review) and Red Zone (Rapid Response) criteria and the overall design of the charts.
The Red and Yellow Zone criteria are used as triggers to activate the facility's Clinical Emergency Response System (CERS), which mobilises clinicians to assess, treat and review patients who are deteriorating, or are at risk of doing so. The charts are "track-and-trigger" tools, colour-coded with the Clinical Review and Rapid Response calling criteria.
BTF paper based observation chart
Standard observation charts are available in both paper and digital form for adult, paediatric, maternity services and emergency departments.
The CEC and eHealth NSW have worked in close partnership with Cerner Corporation and multidisciplinary working groups to develop electronic versions of the charts for NSW public hospitals using the Cerner electronic medical record (eMR). In health facilities that already utilise eMR for observations, the paper-based forms should be utilised in procedures during downtime.
Standard Observation Charts
Standard Observation Charts using the colour-coded track-and-trigger zones, designed for specific patient population groups and for use in clinical areas other than Emergency Departments. View the chart using the drop-down section below.
Emergency Department Observation Charts
Observation Charts using the colour-coded track-and-trigger zones, designed for specific patient population groups and for use in Emergency Departments. View the Chart using the drop-down section below.
The NSW Health Observation Charts are available for purchase in printed form. NSW Health staff can order and print forms via Stream Solutions (a division of Toll) and more information is available on the HealthShare Intranet.
The CEC can provide permission to non-NSW or private health organisations to use the NSW Health Observation Charts under copyright. All requests require completion of a formal copyright request form.