Monitoring tool cuts overnight vital checks on low-risk hospital patients

07/1/2013

A patient monitoring tool called the Modified Early Warning Score helped identify low-risk hospital patients with substantially lower incidence of adverse outcomes, a study on the website of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine showed. However, the vital signs of these low-risk patients were checked just as often as high-risk patients every night. "A tailored approach also would enable a reallocation of resources away from the sleep-deprived, low-risk patients to more careful monitoring of high-risk patients," researchers said.

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