Are early warning scores too early for paramedic practice?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The use of early warning scores (EWS) is now widespread in medical practice. Typically, EWS are used in inpatient settings to identify patients who require additional intervention to avoid unexpected intensive care admission or death. Prehospital care involves the rapid identification of critical illness but also undifferentiated urgent care. This large range of variation in acuity means EWS systems must be particularly accommodating. This article explores the use of scoring systems in paramedic practice and argues the need for more research, especially in non-trauma based tools.
Subscribe to get full access to the Journal of Paramedic Practice
Thank you for vising the Journal of Paramedic Practice and reading our archive of expert clinical content. If you would like to read more from the only journal dedicated to those working in emergency care, you can start your subscription today for just £48.
Reading the Journal of Paramedic Practice counts towards your professional development
Develop your career
We provide professional information dedicated to paramedics covering training, education and jobs
Get the latest clinical information to ensure you are aware of the latest think and best practice in paramedicne
Already registered? - Sign in here