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CareDocs update (v4.6.0) including NEWS2 chart & ‘MUST’ additional notes
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We’re excited to announce v4.6.0 is now ready to download! Our newest software update introduces a digital copy of the NEWS2 (National Early Warning Score 2) chart into CareDocs. It also offers several system improvements, including a new ‘Notes’ text box at the end of the ‘MUST’ risk assessment giving you the ability to enter personalised information which will be carried over into the Care Plan.
What is NEWS2?
NEWS2 is an early warning score designed by the Royal College of Physicians to standardise the assessment of acute-illness severity. NEWS2 analyses six vital signs (respiration rate, blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, pulse, level of consciousness and temperature) and calculates a score with accompanying guidance surrounding monitoring and clinical response.
All acute trusts, out-of-hours GP services, mental health trusts, community service providers and NHS commissioning groups support use of NEWS2. In many areas, the system is required when care homes communicate with ambulance services, GPs and A&E departments. The CareDocs NEWS2 chart uses the same visual style as the paper chart provided by the Royal College of Physicians, ensuring that it’s simple to read and will be understood by nurses and clinicians who have received guidance or training on the use of NEWS2.
How does NEWS2 work in CareDocs?
We have digitised the NEWS2 chart and scoring process by automatically calculating the scores for you for a more efficient experience. By simply entering the six vital sign readings and the supporting criteria into our NEWS2 chart entry form, and choosing which scoring scale you wish to use, CareDocs will provide you with a total NEWS2 score and will display the recommended response information. The higher the score, the more urgent your response should be. Should you need to escalate a resident’s care to a more equipped clinical facility, you can print the NEWS2 chart or save a digital file to provide the medical team with the latest vital readings and scores.
To save you from entering the same vital reading information multiple times into different charts, when you record data into the NEWS2 chart, the same data will be automatically imported into the respective individual charts (Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respiration Rate and Temperature). For example, when you enter a new temperature reading into the NEWS2 chart, CareDocs will also add this onto the Temperature chart monitoring sheet for you.
Find out more
For a full list of new features and updates in v4.6.0 including detailed descriptions, download our Changelog & Release Notes document by heading over to the Customer Zone. A user guide for how to use the NEWS2 chart in CareDocs can also be found on the Customer Zone. If you require further assistance, please contact our friendly support team by emailing email@example.com or calling us on 0330 056 3333.
CareDocs offers a wide variety of digital charts and care assessments, including ‘MUST’ (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) and Waterlow risk assessments. If you’d like to find out more about the digital solutions we offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or book a free demo.
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