West of England Academic Health Science Network: Regional programme to improve the reliability of recognition and response to the deteriorating patient
In many health economies, early warning scores – used to quickly identify patients at risk of becoming acutely ill – are only calculated in hospitals.
But in the West of England Academic Health Science Network area, such scores are calculated and recorded in a full range of care settings.
That includes community, mental health and ambulance services, and teaching around the scoring system has also been introduced to care homes.
The aim is to standardise communication – all organisations in the area use the national early warning score – and to build a system wide commitment to timely and appropriate transfer of patients. Notably, a NEWS is now requested at point of GP referral into both acute trusts in Bristol.
Following the introduction of region wide NEWS, the area has become a positive outlier for sepsis outcomes. The AHSN’s focus is now on enhancing the use of NEWS in primary care and care homes
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