Case Number 3723
Request Date 24/07/2014
Completion Date 30/07/2014

 

Details of the Request

  1. How many adult critical care beds do you have in your hospital (or hospital trust)?
     
  2. In your non-ICU wards, do you have computerised health records?
     
  3. Are patients’ vital signs recorded and /or monitored using paper charts or computerised records?
     
  4. Do you use early warning scores on your wards to monitor patients?
     
  5. Which early warning scoring system or systems are used in your hospital?
     
  6. Do you plan to use the National Early Warning Score (designed by the Royal College of Physicians) if you do not already use it?

 

Details of the Response

1. How many adult critical care beds do you have in your hospital (or hospital trust)?

There are 13 adult critical care beds in the Trust (9 level 3 and 4 level 2). This does not include monitored coronary care beds or hyperacute stroke beds.

 

2. In your non-ICU wards, do you have computerised health records?

No

 

3. Are patients’ vital signs recorded and /or monitored using paper charts or computerised records?

Vital signs are recorded on paper charts.

 

4. Do you use early warning scores on your wards to monitor patients?

Yes, we use Early warning scores.

 

5. Which early warning scoring system or systems are used in your hospital?

MEWS Modified Early Warning Score (which is an In house score).

 

6. Do you plan to use the National Early Warning Score (designed by the Royal College of Physicians) if you do not already use it?

We trialled the NEWS when it was first floated by the Royal College of Physicians but found that not including urine output as part of the score adversely impacted its utility. In other respects our MEWS score is in line with the RCP NEWS.