For more than a century doctors have been recording patients’ “vital signs” – temperature, blood pressure, heart rate – on the chart at the foot of the hospital bed, and then failing to act on what they found.
Yesterday, two UK Royal Medical Colleges became the first in the world to introduce a new way of displaying the measurements to compel action which is expected to halve avoidable deaths in hospital, saving at least 6,000 lives a year in the UK.
The simple innovation was described yesterday as a “step change” in patient safety. As well as saving lives it is expected to shorten hospital stays, improve the experience for patients and lower costs.
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