National Early Warning Systems

The quality and safety of care for each patient are at the heart of the Irish healthcare system.

To ensure the implementation of quality health care for the recognition and response to a deteriorating patient, The National Deteriorating Patient Recognition and Response Programme (DPIP) was established in May 2017 to ensure the implementation of quality health care for the recognition and response to a deteriorating patient.

The aims of the programme are:

  •  Better decisions - early warning systems provide a framework to assist with clinical judgement and decision-making in the care of acutely unwell hospital in-patients.
  •  Better care - the implementation of the EWS national clinical guidelines (INEWS, PEWS, IMEWS and EMEWS) are intended to lead to the improvement in quality and safety of care of this vulnerable group of patients
  •  Safer service -  DPIP is a key patient safety initiative of the HSE.