An early warning score (EWS) is a clinical decision support tool used to quickly assess the severity of illness in a patient. It is based on clinical physiologic data including blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. It also may include observational data such as level of consciousness. The EWS is calculated based on the parameters measured; higher scores correlate with increasing severity of illness.
Changes in respiratory vital signs that accompany respiratory compromise often precede in-hospital deterioration and are associated with increased mortality due to the high likelihood of decompensation into respiratory insufficiency and failure, as well as respiratory arrest.1,2,3,4 Moreover, many in-hospital declines may be preventable with better respiratory monitoring and early intervention.5,6,7
The Vital Sync™ early warning score (EWS) app helps hospitals realize the benefits of using an automated early warning system. The app continuously monitors patient information from multiple bedside and wearable devices, EMRs as well as data that has been manually entered by clinicians, to automatically calculate an EWS based on your facility’s chosen algorithm. Clinicians know when the first signs of patient deterioration appear so they can take the appropriate action.
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