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automated alert systems, early warning scoring systems, physiologic monitoring, vital signs



  1. Jones, Barbara G. MSN, MEd, RN-BC, ACNS-BC


Overview: This article describes the implementation of a nurse-designed, automated system for enhancing patient monitoring on medical-surgical and step-down nursing units. The system, which is not derived from any of the early warning scoring systems described in nursing literature, was developed and put into place at a large tertiary hospital in eastern Virginia and found to substantially reduce out-of-unit codes without increasing nurses' workload.