The response to patient deterioration in the UK National Health Service - A survey of acute hospital policies.


Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research & Education (CoPMRE), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth BH1 3LT, UK. Electronic address: [Email]


The assessment of acute-illness severity in adult non-pregnant patients in the United Kingdom is based on early warning score (EWS) values that determine the urgency and nature of the response to patient deterioration. This study aimed to describe, and identify variations in, the expected clinical response outlined in 'deteriorating patient' policies/guidelines in acute NHS hospitals.


Early warning scores,National Early Warning Score,Patient deterioration,Policies,Rapid response systems,

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