It is important to have a record of what the person you are caring for is like when well - this is known as their baseline reading.
National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is used by all health professionals to work out how unwell a person is.
Always make sure you have measured the below parameters when the person you look after is well so that you can see the difference in their current state using their baseline reading.
To use this tool you will need to be able to measure:
Purchasing equipment – there are various medical equipment suppliers available online but it may be difficult to access sites at present due to excess demand.
If you don’t have any equipment then record:
Any change in mental state scores 3 on NEWS is a cause for alarm, therefore these changes need to be highlighted.
Try to always have SBARD and use it to help you decide when to call 999; this helps ensure that emergency services are able to process the information you give them appropriately and with the right level of response.