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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Critical Care

Advisor

Dr. Thomas Colletti

Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to determine if hospital early warning scoring systems influence hospital morbidity and mortality

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with search terms early warning systems, early warning scores, MEWS, EWS

Results: Evidence shows that early warning scoring systems are capable of predicting a patients’ deterioration which often precedes patient deterioration

Conclusion: Unplanned clinical deteriorations of patients on the wards is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The use of a validated early warning system to predict deterioration to trigger the appropriate expertise has the potential to decrease adverse patient outcomes such as ICU admissions, cardiac arrest and length of stay

Keywords: Early warning systems. MEWS

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