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Utilization of Electronic Modified Early Warning Score to Engage Rapid Response Team Early in Clinical Deterioration

Rose, Melody A. DNP, RN; Hanna, Lee Ann PhD, RN; Nur, Sareda A. MD; Johnson, Constance M. PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May/June 2015 - Volume 31 - Issue 3 - p E1–E7
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000157
Articles: Online Only

After implementation of electronic modified early warning score to engage the rapid response team as a clinical decision support tool, we assessed the knowledge level about and usage of the tool by core staff. We identified a knowledge deficit, planned and implemented an educational intervention, and measured the outcome of the intervention. The outcome measurement indicated improved use of the clinical decision support tool by core staff and improved patient rescue strategies.

Melody A. Rose, DNP, RN, is Nursing Supervisor, TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, and DNP Candidate, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Lee Ann Hanna, PhD, RN, is Director of Education, HCA TriStar Centennial Medical Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Sareda A. Nur, MD, is Medical Director of Hospitalist Group, Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Constance M. Johnson, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, Lead Faculty of Informatics Program, School of Nursing, Duke University, and Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Melody A. Rose, DNP, RN, Jeanette C. Rudy School ofNursing, CumberlandUniversity, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, TN 37087 (e-mail: melody.rose2011@gmail.com).

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