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New patient chart 'could save lives'

A group of doctors and nurses are calling for all hospitals in the NHS to use the same type of chart at a patient's bedside to monitor their vital signs.

The group from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nurses says it would make it easier to recognise when a patient's condition was deteriorating and could save 6,000 lives every year.

Professor Bryan Williams, the chair of the working party that came up with the proposal to standardise charts and professor of medicine at UCL, says that the new patient chart would "improve the diagnosis, improve the recognition and improve the outcome".

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