Table 7

Track and Trigger scoring systems (modernisation agency 2003)

PositivesNegatives
• Improve the quality of patient observation and monitoring• Are not a predictor of outcome
• Improve communication within the multidisciplinary team• Are not a comprehensive clinical assessment tool
• Allow for timely admission to intensive care• Are not an indicator for immediate admission to intensive care
• Aid good clinical judgement• Should never replace clinical judgement
• Aid in securing appropriate assistance for sick patients
• Give a good indication of physiological trends
• Area sensitive indicator of abnormal physiology
• Are a red flag marker of potential or established critical illness
  • Source: Department of Health and Modernisation Agency. The National Outreach Report.12