Promoting patient safety using an early warning scoring system
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Promoting patient safety using an early warning scoring system

Yvonne Higgins Safety advisers, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Caroline Maries-Tillott Patient safety advisers, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Sarah Quinton Lead nurse, Critical Care Outreach Team, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Jo Richmond Clinical standards facilitator, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham

Recognising when a patient’s condition is deteriorating is a key aspect of patient safety and the use of early warning scoring systems is integral to this. Compliance with such systems can often be poor. Through the introduction of a competency framework and audit system, the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has demonstrated improvements in compliance with a modified early warning scoring tool, which has had significant benefits in terms of patient safety.

Nursing Standard. 22, 44,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.07.22.44.35.c6586

Correspondence

yvonne.higgins@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review