Economics of Early Warning Scores for identifying clinical deterioration-a systematic review.

Authors: Murphy A, Cronin J, Whelan R, Drummond FJ, Savage E, & Hegarty J.

Source: Ir J Med Sci. 2017 Jun 3. doi: 10.1007/s11845-017-1631-y

In 2013, a National Early Warning System (EWS) was implemented in Ireland. Whilst evidence exists to support the clinical effectiveness of EWS in the acute health care setting, there is a paucity of information on their cost and cost effectiveness. The objective of this systematic literature review was to critically evaluate the economic literature on the use of EWS in adult patients in acute health care settings for the timely detection of physiological deterioration.

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