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

NEWS2 has created a common language so nurses can act quickly to help deteriorating patients – but clinical judgement is still vital

NEWS2 has created a common language so nurses can act quickly to help deteriorating patients – but clinical judgement is still vital

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.

2012

NEWS was first launched by the Royal College of Physicians

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