National Intelligence Report: Early warning scores to detect deterioration in Covid-19 inpatients

Provides insight into investigation conducted in response to referral highlighting over reliance on early warning scores used in isolation from other indicators of deterioration in a number of NHS trusts when patient admitted to general ward with suspected/confirmed Covid-19

SPS commentary:

The RCP released a statement on its website relating to revised guidance on the use of early warning scores for Covid-19 inpatients. It suggests that all staff should be aware that any increase in oxygen requirements should be an indicator of clinical deterioration as the early warning score might not significantly increase.


Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch