Patient Acuity Scores

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Chloe Stark Allison Clark Deborah Schwytzer


By Chloe Stark, Nursing; Allison Clark, Nursing

Advisor: Deborah Schwytzer

Presentation ID: AM_B15

Abstract: Hospitals commonly use an early-warning algorithms known as Modified Early Warning Signs, in order to allow early intervention by healthcare professionals to prevent negative patient outcomes. The scores usually consist of points awarded for heart rate, respiratory rate, urine output, and other patient data depending on the institution. Nursing students lack education about early warning sign predictive analytics. Nursing students also lack the understanding about what data compromises the scores, as well as appropriate nursing interventions that should accompany them. A power-point presentation was created to educate student nurses about early warning sign algorithms and which appropriate nursing action is indicated depending on the score. In addition, a poster was created and students were provided badge cards that summarize the main points about MEWS and abnormal patient findings. The presentation will be evaluated using a pre and post-test given to students. Results pending.

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AM Poster Session -- Great Hall -- B: Health & Body