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What is the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) and why is it important?

NEWS2 helps nurses and healthcare staff save lives by scoring signs of patient deterioration and standardising assessment, but cannot replace clinical judgement

NEWS2 helps nurses and healthcare staff save lives by scoring signs of patient deterioration and standardising assessment, but cannot replace clinical judgement

Rapid treatment saves lives but efficient systems help too, and the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is now well established as a way to help detect life-threatening deterioration in patients.

NEWS was first produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in 2012, with an updated version, NEWS2 , published five years later.

This was not the first early warning scoring system to be used in the NHS, but before its adoption there was no standardised approach.

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