The Rothman Index is a valuable tool for the clinical nurse. Subtle changes in patient condition can be difficult to notice, yet the potential for reversing negative outcomes associated with these subtle changes could perhaps mean life or death. The RI is helpful in identifying early changes in patient condition and helps to validate any ‘gut instinct’ there is something more going on with the patient that we need to address.
Carlyn Haag, MS, RN, CCRN-K
Nursing Research and Clinical Practice Manager, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH)