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early warning score, EWS, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, MEWS, modified early warning system, rapid response team, RRT, SAE, SBAR, serious adverse events



  1. Granitto, Margaret RN, ANP-BC
  2. Linenfelser, Paula MSN, RN
  3. Hursey, Ryan BSN, RN
  4. Parsons, Megan BSN, RN
  5. Norton, Colleen PhD, RN


Abstract: All clinical nurses need to be prepared to recognize deterioration in a patient's clinical status and activate the rapid response team when appropriate. This article explores the clinical nurse's role in recognizing and responding to deterioration in a patient's condition with a focus on hospital-based nurses practicing on a medical-surgical unit.