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MEWS: predicts hospital admission and mortality in emergency department patients
  1. C Vorwerk
  1. Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. Dr C Vorwerk, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; cv28{at}

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The paper by Burch et al1 on the modified early warning (MEW) score predicting hospital admission and inhospital mortality is both interesting and topical.

I agree with the authors that the MEW score, a risk assessment tool now widely used in UK emergency departments (ED) to facilitate the early identification of high-risk patients, is a good predictor of inhospital mortality.2 I also share the authors’ concerns that there are limitations to using the MEW score and that the MEW …

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