Resources to support the safe adoption of the revised National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)

A resource alert has been issued to support providers to adopt the revised National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) to detect deterioration in adult patients.

Patient Safety Alerts are shared rapidly with healthcare providers via the Central Alerting System (CAS).

About this alert

Failure to recognise or act on signs that a patient is deteriorating is a key patient safety issue. It can result in missed opportunities to provide the necessary care to give the best possible chance of survival.

Recognising and responding to patient deterioration relies on a whole systems approach and the revised National Early Warning Score (NEWS2), published by the Royal College of Physicians in December 2017, reliably detects deterioration in adults, triggering review, treatment and escalation of care.

NHS England's aim is for all acute hospital trusts and ambulance trusts to fully adopt NEWS2 for adult patients by March 2019. This alert has been jointly issued by NHS England, NHS Improvement and Royal College of Physicians to highlight the existing resources to support adoption of NEWS2.

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