Turning risk-assessment tools into life savers
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Turning risk-assessment tools into life savers

Elaine Maxwell Clinical adviser, The National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre

Measuring vital signs requires experience and should not be delegated to healthcare assistants

In December, the Royal College of Physicians updated its 2012 National Early Warning Score (NEWS) tool for identifying deteriorating patients. It is estimated that standardising the use of the tool, known as NEWS2, could save 1,800 lives a year, and NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced their intention that, by March 2019, all acute and ambulance settings will be using it. So far so good, but how does a risk scoring tool turn into a life saver?

Nursing Management. 24, 9, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/nm.24.9.12.s14

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