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Early intervention, Early warning score, Electronic medical record, Patient safety



  1. Albert, Bonnie L. BSN, RN, PCCN
  2. Huesman, Laura MSN, RN, ACNP


The purpose of early warning scores is to help all nurses detect early deterioration in order to rescue patients from unexpected events, which arise from complications during the course of illness and recovery. This article describes one institution's work in developing a modified early warning score in conjunction with an electronic medical record to facilitate scoring and monitoring, in order to improve patient safety.