Deteriorating patients

The South West Academic Health Science Network has supported the rollout of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) to acute trusts in the South West through the development of the Deteriorating Patient Improvement Network.

NEWS2 is based on a simple scoring system in which a score is allocated to six physiological measurements already taken in hospitals – respiratory rate, oxygen saturations, temperature, systolic blood pressure, pulse rate and level of consciousness.

The Deteriorating Patient Improvement Network (DPIN) has brought individuals and teams from across health and care to work together to facilitate the adoption of the tool.

During 2019/20, our programme will focus on the adoption of NEWS2, and other tools such as RESTORE2 ­- a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care/nursing homes, in a wider variety of settings and improve the tracking and response to deterioration.

We are working with GP practices, care homes, hospices, mental health trusts and community trusts to promote this approach throughout a patient’s journey, and will continue our work with acute trusts.

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