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Journal Article > Study
Romero-Brufau S, Gaines K, Nicolas CT, Johnson MG, Hickman J, Huddleston JM. JAMIA Open. 2019 Aug 28; [Epub ahead of print].
Early recognition of clinical deterioration, in order to promote rapid response, is a critical inpatient safety priority. This prospective observational study examined bedside nurses' perception of possible clinical deterioration as a predictor of subsequent clinical deterioration. Researchers scored nurse Worry Factor on a 5-point scale from 0 (no concern) to 4 (extreme concern). Higher concern for patient deterioration on the part of nurses was strongly associated with subsequent clinical deterioration and intensive care unit transfer. The authors conclude that nurse concern is a powerful predictor of deterioration and should be included in the electronic health record. A WebM&M commentary highlighted how early recognition of patient deterioration requires not only medical expertise but also collaboration and communication among providers.
Journal Article > Review
How do nurses use early warning scoring systems to detect and act on patient deterioration to ensure patient safety? A scoping review.
Wood C, Chaboyer W, Carr P. Int J Nurs Stud. 2019;94:166-178.
Early detection of patient deterioration remains an elusive patient safety target. This scoping review examined how nurses employ early warning scoring systems that prompt them to call rapid response teams. Investigators identified 23 studies for inclusion. Barriers to effective identification and treatment of patient deterioration included difficulty implementing early warning score systems, overreliance on numeric risk scores, and inconsistent activation of rapid response teams based on early warning score results. They recommend that nurses follow scoring algorithms that calculate risk for deterioration while supplementing risk scoring with their clinical judgment from the bedside. A WebM&M commentary highlighted how early recognition of patient deterioration requires not only medical expertise but also collaboration and communication among providers.