Guardian Early Warning
Using an MX400/450/500/550 monitor with the appropriate option, you can use Guardian Early
Warning Scoring to get an early warning score based on vital signs and clinical observations collected at
The goal of an early warning score is to help you recognize the early signs of deterioration in patients.
Depending on the score calculated, an Action List with appropriate recommendations is displayed.
There are no dedicated alarms associated with an Early Warning Score.
This functionality is highly configurable, to allow customization for the vital signs and observations
collected and the type of scoring used. Due to this configurability, your screens will probably not
exactly match the screens shown here. The workflow described here uses the special configuration
delivered with the monitor; if this configuration has been changed, you will not have all the
When using Guardian Early Warning Scoring, request a printout of the EWS scoring table and the
Action Lists from your configuration expert. Use them to verify that the configuration of the scoring
functionality matches your hospital's requirements.
The IntelliVue Information Center will not display or trend any of the entered observations, the early
warning score, or the action list, but can pass these on to other connected systems.
Performing the Scoring Procedure
To run Guardian Early Warning Scoring (EWS) you need to switch to the EWS/SpotCheck Screen
(or another Screen configured to show EWS).
a. Select the current Screen name in the monitor info line.
b. Select your EWS Screen from the list.
Or select the
SmartKey, if configured.