Treatment escalation plan providing safe, patient-driven care

Date: 05 December 2016

Resus Team
Members of the Resus team

One of the most difficult challenges a clinician faces when treating an acutely ill adult patient is ensuring that they are actively managing the patient’s care in line with what the individual patient wants. A treatment escalation plan, or TEP, is a simple, effective tool to help make this happen and is part of a patient-centred safety culture.

Medical Director Dr Diana Hamilton-Fairley explains:

‘The TEP puts the patient in control of their care, so that they decide the level of intervention that they may, or may not, want. This helps us to put a safe, effective and personalised care plan in place to guide clinical decisions.

‘Within the first 24 hours of an adult patient being admitted, the doctor in charge of their care needs to speak with the patient to talk through their care, and put their TEP in place. The doctor should review the plan every 24 hours to ensure it remains appropriate to the patient’s condition.

‘All health professionals involved in looking after the patient need to be aware of the TEP and understand how it applies to that patient’s care.’

  • Summary:

    A treatment escalation plan, or TEP, is a simple, effective tool when treating an acutely ill adult patient.