Modified Early Warning System (MEWS)

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Modified Early Warning System (MEWS)

Description

The Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool for nurses to help monitor their patients and improve how quickly a patient experiencing a sudden decline receives clinical care. The color-banded patient chart gives a visual cue as to when to calculate a MEWS score.

Scoring is based on:

  • Respiratory rate
  • Heart rate
  • Systolic blood pressure
  • Conscious level
  • Temperature
  • Hourly urine output (for previous 2 hours)

Developer:

Conwy & Denbighshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust

Funding Sources:

Conwy & Denbighshire National Health Service (NHS) Trust

History

Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: August 2009
Last Updated: 03/12/14

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