Acute Medicine

Christiana Care Early Warning System shows promise in impacting quality, safety

Just a few months into a phased rollout of the Christiana Care Early Warning System, its developers within the Value Institute are receiving positive feedback from frontline health care providers. CEWS, an innovative system designed by Christiana Care, provides a standardized measure of patient acuity that helps proactively identify patients who are at risk of or are currently deteriorating physiologically, to support their timely care and improve outcomes. The system, developed by the Christiana Care Value Institute in collaboration with the Acute Medicine Service Line, Nursing, Information Technology and the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, captures real-time electronic patient information and visualizes acuity by using CEWS values and trends. CEWS triggers real-time alerts then gives care providers relevant information about patients’ current CEWS values, including 24-hour score trends and clinical recommendations. Read more