Should all nursing documentation be standardised across the NHS?
The Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians have worked together to develop the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) system for recording vital signs in adults. They claim it could save up to 6,000 lives a year. They want to see it introduced in acute and community hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services to increase consistency, reduce mistakes and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.
A recent study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety found there were nearly 12,000 avoidable deaths of adults in English acute hospitals annually. It found almost a third of these could be attributed to poor clinical monitoring, 29.7% from diagnostic errors and 21.1 % from inadequate drug or fluid management.
- Nurses ‘crucial’ to plan to save 6,000 lives with new bed chart, Nursing Times
- ‘Assessment’ section, Nursing Times