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Early Warning Systems: Early Identification of the Deteriorating Patient
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Early Warning Scoring (EWS) systems provide a commonly understood way to recognize the degree of deterioration in a patient’s status, and can ensure that every patient is seen at the right time by the right person. The EWS is based on the collection of a combination of vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and body temperature. In this webinar, there will a discussion of the benefits, variations and strategies for overcoming barriers to successful implementation of EWS in hospitals.
Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
1. Discuss the purpose of early warning systems (EWS)
2. Describe common reasons for clinical decompensation
3. Discuss the benefits of EWS
4. Identify barriers to implementation of EWS
Nicole Kupchik has practiced as a critical care nurse for over twenty years. After joining Harborview Medical Center, Nicole was part of a multidisciplinary team that was one of the first in the US to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. As part of this effort, Nicole was responsible for protocol development and has published numerous papers on this topic.
In 2008, Nicole lead a team that implemented a formalized Sepsis program at Harborview Medical Center that led to a reduction in mortality, hospital length of stay and a significant cost avoidance. For this collaborative efforts, she was awarded three Patient Safety & Clinical Leadership awards.
Currently she works as a staff nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. In 2013 Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education
Continuing Education for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists
This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.
This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032