Early Warning Scoring
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    Automated early warning scoring
    Rapid response to clinical deterioration with early warning scoring

    Do your caregivers have the information they need to identify subtle signs of patient deterioration early? The indications of a patient’s clinical instability typically occur six to eight hours before an event.


    An automated early warning scoring (EWS or MEWS) solution can help you identify the subtle signs of deterioration that can indicate a potential serious adverse event (SAE) and automatically re-check those warning signs, using Philips reassurance measurements, to determine if a notification needs to be sent to the appropriate caregivers. By reducing the need for manual record keeping and associated manual scoring calculations, automated EWS can help you identify patients at risk, reduce response times and put time back on your side.


    Early detection of patient deterioration (and appropriate notification of caregivers) gives you more time to respond and plan appropiate intervention. EWS can support this. Automated EWS can support making this easy. Ask us about automated early warning solutions for your hospital.

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    See how automated early warning scoring works to acquire vital signs, calculate a score, and notify responsible caregivers to intervene quickly.


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    Intellivue Guardian

    IntelliVue Guardian

    Automated early warning scoring system combines vital signs monitoring and software for early identification of patients at risk for deterioration.

    EWS education and training

    EWS education and training

    Get started on an EWS program or optimize your

    processes in place to enable your caregivers to react

    and respond before an adverse event.

    Build your system, 
    your way

    The best early warning scoring solution is one that integrates easily into your existing infrastructure and IT environment to simplify staff communications, streamline workflow, support document compliance, meet Joint Commission goals for standards of care, and improve patient care. Philips can deliver the products, services, and expertise to build an EWS solution designed to help you meet your goals.


    Contact us to arrange a consultation with a Philips representative who can help you build an EWS solution designed around your organization.

    Automated EWS makes a significant difference

    A study using Philips IntelliVue GuardianSoftware supports the use of an automated EWS system with notifications to provide significant improvements in key patient centered clinical outcomes.1

    20 percent reduction

    reduction in hospital mortality, including readmissions1

    35 percent reduction

    reduction of Severe Adverse Events1

    66 percent reduction

    reduction in ICU mortality of patients transferred to the ICU1

    86 percent reduction

    reduction of Cardiopulmonary Arrests1

    See the positive economic impact that Early Warning Scoring systems can make at your hospital

    Success in implementation

    Why EWS? Consider the facts


    of preventable deaths are attributable to failure to rescue by a registered nurse or physician.2

    Problem: It’s hard to predict which patients to watch closely

    Solution: IntelliVue Guardian EWS helps you identify subtle signs that can indicate a potential deterioration


    of cardiac patients show evidence of respiratory decline within eight hours of cardiac arrest3

    Problem: An MD is notified only 25% of the time4
    Solution: IntelliVue Guardian incorporates respiratory measurements into EWS to initiate timely intervention


    in-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the U.S.5

    Problem: Most deteriorating patients are identified within 15 minutes – often too late to intervene
    Solution: EWS tools can support improving the effectiveness of your Rapid Response Teams (RRT)

    Philips general care solutions

    Every respiratory measure matters


    The general care floor encompasses a wide range of patients with varying conditions and needs. We work with you to identify solutions to help in identifying potential patient deteriorations and tailor them to your organization’s needs and goals.


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    patient care

    Accurate assessment and consistent reporting of respiratory rate is extremely important to detect patient deterioration early. However, manually measuring respiratory rates can be  time consuming  and overwhelming6.



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    Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.


    1. Subbe, C.P., Duller, B. & Bellomo, R. Crit Care (2017) 21: 52. doi :10.1186/s13054-017-1635-z Funding of the monitoring equipment and the research nurses was through a

    grant from Philips

    2. HealthGrades, Inc: Third Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study. April 2006

    3. Schein, RM, el al. Clinical antecedents to in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest. Chest 1990; 98: 1388-92

    4. Sharek PJ, Parast LM, Leong K, et al. Effect of a rapid response team on hospital-wide mortality and code rates outside the ICU in a children’s hospital, JAMA 2007;


    5. Franklin C, Matthew J Developing strategies to prevent in-hospital cardiac arrest: analyzing the responses of physicians and nurses in the hours before the event, Crit Care Med. 1994:22(2):244-247.

    6.  Mok, W et al. Attitudes towards vital signs monitoring in the detection of clinical deterioration: scale development and survey of ward nurses. Int J Qual Health Care (2015) 27 (3): 207-213.

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