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Title: Early warning scores: a health warning
Authors: Challen, K.
Roland, Damian Timothy
First Published: 4-Jan-2016
Publisher: Royal College of Emergency Medicine, BMJ
Citation: Emergency Medicine Journal, 2016 (Online First)
Abstract: Early warning scores are frequently used in UK adult emergency departments (EDs) and are gaining traction in paediatric emergency care. Like many innovations with inherent face validity, they have great appeal to clinicians, managers and commissioners. However, it is important to ensure unintended consequences and balancing measures are mitigated. We review the background to their development and introduction in the ED, the evidence for their usefulness, their limitations in our field and areas for further research.
DOI Link: 10.1136/emermed-2014-204250
ISSN: 1472-0205
eISSN: 1472-0213
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, the authors. Licensee: BMJ. This article has been accepted for publication in Emergency Medicine Journal following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2014-204250 is available online at:
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