Early warning score tools are aids, not checklists
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Early warning score tools are aids, not checklists

Nick Lipley @EditorNM Editor, Nursing Management

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced their intention that by March 2019 all acute and ambulance settings should use an updated version of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) tool for identifying deteriorating patients. It is estimated that the tool, devised and revised by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), could save almost 2,000 lives a year (news, page 6), as well as 627,000 bed days.

Nursing Management. 24, 9, 5-5. doi: 10.7748/nm.24.9.5.s1

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