Updated National Early Warning Score
In December 2017, the Royal College of Physicians updated the National Early Warning Score to improve identification of acutely ill patients
The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) was developed by the Royal College of Physician’s to improve the identification of acutely ill patients, including those with sepsis. A score is allocated to six physiological measurements, already recorded in routine practice, to gain an aggregate overall score. The original NEWS was published in 2012, with a new version, NEWS2, launched in December 2017. The updated version improves escalation to higher levels of clincal care in patients with chronic hypoxaemia, and includes acute delirium or confusion within assessments.
Every hospital, ambulance and acute mental health service in England has been asked to use the NEWS system by March next year (2019). Already used by 70% of...
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