As part of the Care Home Programme we used technology to introduce the National Early Warning Score (NEWS). This formed part of a pilot to use digital tablet technology and Bluetooth equipment to measure and record clinical observations such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiratory rates along with blood oxygen levels and consciousness levels. This score can be used to support care planning and will help when liaising with health professionals external to the home.
Assessment and Clinical Decision Making: using technology to introduce the National Early Warning Score [NEWS] in Gateshead Care Homes
An ageing population world with rapid technological advances offers an opportunity to explore whether the introduction of NEWS using technology enhances care delivery and improves recognition of deterioration among care home residents.
Care home residents can have the most complex of needs that are hugely challenging to address and those most experienced in the care of older people understand that illness in old age doesn’t always present as illness but presents as functional changes.
Staff working in care homes may be disadvantaged in terms of their access to education and training yet they can be very experienced in the care of older people living with frailty. As they are often considered to be on the periphery rather than an integral part of the system however they can lack confidence.