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Developing a Vital Sign Alert System

Jones, Barbara G. MSN, MEd, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000432962.33881.65
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Abstract

Overview: This article describes the implementation of a nurse-designed, automated system for enhancing patient monitoring on medical–surgical and step-down nursing units. The system, which is not derived from any of the early warning scoring systems described in nursing literature, was developed and put into place at a large tertiary hospital in eastern Virginia and found to substantially reduce out-of-unit codes without increasing nurses’ workload.

In Brief

This article describes the implementation of a nurse-designed, automated system for enhancing patient monitoring on medical–surgical and step-down nursing units.

Author Information

Barbara G. Jones is a clinical nurse specialist at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, a large teaching hospital within the Sentara Healthcare system. Contact author: bgjones@sentara.com. The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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