This single center trial of an early warning system, which paged alerts to the nurse manager of the patient’s unit, found the proportion of patients who died or were transferred to the ICU were no different on alert units versus control units. Although automated early warning triggers seems appealing, the evidence that they improve outcomes is limited (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.