System to be implemented nationally after UCLH success 

19/12/2017 00:00 
A system to identify patients at risk of sepsis in hospitals is to be implemented nationally due to its success at UCLH. This approach could save an estimated 2,000 lives and 627,000 bed days a year

UCLH director of research, Professor Bryan Williams, chaired the working group of NEWS2 and is enthusiastic following its voluntary take up among NHS staff.

The introduction of this early warning system will revolutionise patient care to ensure that vital signs are constantly monitored and that any development of illness is quickly identified and treatment is given.

Within the next year, NEWS2 will become the default approach for NHS trusts and ambulances.

Professor Williams said: “The uptake and impact of the NEWS over the past five years has been extraordinary, and beyond even the most optimistic expectations, especially considering that there was no national incentive or directive to implement it.”

The system is based on a chart giving scores for respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, systolic blood pressure, pulse and level of consciousness.

The individual scores will allow for an overall total to be given, prompting urgent action if necessary.

The NEWS2 structure of monitoring patients has gained global interest from Europe to India and the US, including the US Navy.

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