Patterns in the recording of vital signs and early warning scores: compliance with a clinical escalation protocol.

@article{Hands2013PatternsIT,
  title={Patterns in the recording of vital signs and early warning scores: compliance with a clinical escalation protocol.},
  author={Chris Hands and Eleanor Anderson Reid and Paul Meredith and Gary B Smith and David R. Prytherch and Paul E Schmidt and Peter I Featherstone},
  journal={BMJ quality & safety},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 9},
  pages={719-26}
}
BACKGROUND The recognition of patient deterioration depends largely on identifying abnormal vital signs, yet little is known about the daily pattern of vital signs measurement and charting. METHODS We compared the pattern of vital signs and VitalPAC Early Warning Score (ViEWS) data collected from admissions to all adult inpatient areas (except high care areas, such as critical care units) of a NHS district general hospital from 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011, to the hospital's clinical… CONTINUE READING
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