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Delyth Williams and Pat Anderton also attended staff meetings and education sessions and discussed the purpose of the outreach team, the importance of an Early Warning Scoring System, and how the system would work.
The team also participated in monthly study days, in which both registered nurses and other nurses receive training on a variety of topics.
For example, if a patient’s systolic blood pressure is between 71 and 80, or if it is more than 200, the nurse would assign that vital sign a score of 2.
“Because the outreach team is small, we cannot take over clinically every time we are called.
The idea of an Early Warning Scoring System is very new within the United States; however, in the United Kingdom this concept is being used with success in many hospitals.
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (YGC), located in Rhyl, Denbighshire, in central North Wales, is one such facility.
YGC is a 900-bed acute care hospital that serves as headquarters of the Conwy & Denbighshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust.
The Trust is part of the IHI’s Safer Patients Initiative (SPI), conducted in collaboration with The Health Foundation, an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK.