NHS Confederation comments on National Early Warning Score

Published on Friday, 27 July 2012 11:23
Written by Scott Buckler

NHS Confederation Deputy Director of Policy Jo Webber has commented on the call for a National Early Warning Score system from the Royal College of Physicians, saying

"Patient safety should be the absolute top priority for all NHS organisations, from frontline staff right up to board level. It is everyone's responsibility and everyone needs to understand what it means for them.

"Where there are proven processes that improve the quality of care, we believe that their systematic and consistent roll out should be supported across the whole NHS. For example, we already know that use of the WHO checklist for surgery improves the quality and safety of surgery.

"The indications from the Royal College of Physician are that their proposed NEWS system could have similar benefits for patients, and provide a systematic early-warning system for identifying when a patient's condition is deteriorating so that prompt remedial action can be taken.

"However, we know that the real challenge now will be for the Royal College of Physicians to work with NHS organisations to secure its consistent adoption across the NHS, including across whole care pathways. Doing so should help to improve the quality of care for individual patients and also help to get patient safety to the highest levels."

Source: ©NHS Confederation

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0 #3 ConsistencySimon Deveau 2012-07-27 18:20
I do not believe that it is being suggested that urine output or level of consciousness, to name two, will be ignored. All this system will do is consolidate the various early warning scores, that are used by different trusts, into a consistent system. Meaning that a person will not score a 3 in one trust and a 4 or 2 in another. As surely an ill person is ill, irrespective of geographical location/treati ng trust.
0 #2 MrEamonn Gorman 2012-07-27 12:54
The NEWS is not suitable for cardio thoracics, one size however appealing does not fit all.
0 #1 MrEamonn Gorman 2012-07-27 12:52
Nice rhetoric however the NEWS in its current format would endanger lives in certain specialities. One size does not fit all, in cardio thoracics urine output is a key marker, the NEWS fails to take it into account.

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