National Deteriorating Patient Recognition and Response Improvement Programme and Early Warning Systems
The National Deteriorating Patient Improvement Programme (DPIP) is a priority patient safety programme for the HSE.
Early Warning Systems (EWS) improve recognition and responses to signs of patient deterioration.
A number of EWS designed to address individual patient needs are in place in acute hospitals.
The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee Guidelines describe each Early Warning System.
Variations of EWS
Four different variations of the EWS are currently used in acute hospitals:
- Irish National Early Warning System (INEWS) Version 2 for adults (16yrs+)
- Irish Maternity Early Warning System (IMEWS) Version 2 for pregnant patients or up to 42 days in the postnatal period
- Irish Paediatrics Early Warning (PEWS) System for children (<16 yrs)
- Emergency Medicine Early Warning Systems (EMEWS) in the emergency department.
DPIP team in ONMSD
The DPIP team are working to improve and coordinate the different Early Warning Systems through:
- the development and update of clinical guidelines by identified working groups
- service improvement working with hospital teams to improve implementation of guidelines
- providing education programme's for each of the EWS
Avilene Casey - DPIP Lead and Area Director of Nursing, ONMSD and Office of the Chief Clinical Officer
Phone: 087 968 1964
Miriam Bell - Project Officer
Serena Brophy - Service Improvement Project Lead
Phone: 087 720 3125