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From NHS England:

"NEWS is a well validated track-and-trigger early warning score system that is used to identify and respond to patients at risk of deteriorating. It is based on a simple scoring system in which a score is allocated to physiological measurements already undertaken when patients present to, or are being monitored in health care settings.

The following six simple physiological parameters are included in the scoring system:

  • Respiratory rate
  • Oxygen saturations
  • Temperature Systolic
  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse rate
  • Level of consciousness

A score is allocated to each physiological parameter, the magnitude of the score reflecting how extreme the parameter varies from the norm. This score is then aggregated, and uplifted for people requiring oxygen. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommend that sepsis should be considered in any patient with a NEWS2 score of 5 or more – ‘think sepsis’.


However NEWS2 should be used alongside clinical judgement as a high score for some individuals, i.e. those at the end of their life may need to be interpreted differently.

NEWS was founded on the premise that (i) early detection, (ii) timeliness and (iii) competency of the clinical response comprise a triad of determinants of clinical outcome in people with acute illness.

To ensure NHS staff moving between health care settings use a consistent set of measures to diagnose patients and communicate about deteriorating patients in a common language.

To ensure communication about deteriorating patients between professionals across healthcare settings is consistent.

NEWS can help to spot the signs of sepsis early and can save thousands of lives." Now shipping worldwide by international standard for only £2 to anywhere in the world! Please note, international shipping may take up to 21 business days.

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Reproduced with permission, following criteria set out by the RCP:

"The RCP is keen to encourage as many people as possible to use NEWS, so there is no copyright restriction on the NEWS2 report. However, anyone who is looking to reproduce material from the report should meet the following conditions. The RCP should be acknowledged as follows: Reproduced from: Royal College of Physicians. National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2: Standardising the assessment of acute-illness severity in the NHS. Updated report of a working party. London: RCP, 2017. The material must not be modified/amended in any way. The NEWS2 charts must be reproduced in full colour."