IntelliVue Guardian Solution

Identify earlier and
espond faster

Our IntelliVue Guardian Solution with Early Warning Scoring is a customizable patient monitoring system combining software, clinical decision support algorithms and mobile connectivity to help you identify the right patient at the right time for early, effective intervention.

The sooner, the better

IntelliVue Guardian System with Early Warning Scoring (EWS) aids in identifying subtle signs of deterioration in a general floor patient’s condition at the point of care, hours before a potential adverse event. So caregivers and Rapid Response Teams can respond earlier – in time to make a difference.

IntelliVue Guardian automated EWS helps to reduce ICU transfers and readmissions, adverse events, and length of stay. Plus the system can be tailored to your hospital’s escalation protocols to improve clinical workflow, financial outcomes, and patient care.

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Up to 17% of general ward patients will face unexpected complications1. The IntelliVue Guardian Solution automatically acquires vital signs, calculates an early warning score, displays it at the point of care, and notifies responsible caregivers to intervene quickly.

Why EWS? Consider the facts

of unanticipated hospital deaths happen on the general ward2

It’s hard to predict which patients to watch closely
Solution: IntelliVue Guardian EWS helps prevent critical events before they happen

of cardiac patients show evidence of respiratory decline within eight hours of cardiac arrest3

Problem: An MD is notified only 25% of the time4
Solution: IntelliVue Guardian incorporates respiratory measurements into EWS to initiate timely intervention
in-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the U.S.

Problem: Most deteriorating patients are identified within 15 minutes – often too late to intervene
Solution: EWS tools improve the effectiveness of your RRTs

The IntelliVue Guardian Advantage

Respiratory measurements reveal more

While all hospitals protocols require the collection of basic vital signs, IntelliVue Guardian incorporates automated respiration rate into its EWS calculations to further enhance quality and accuracy. Respiration rate, which is not always captured correctly, is a critical factor in accurately predicting both sepsis and cardiac arrest.

Keep watch

IntelliVue Guardian Software identifies significant deviations in a patient's vital signs and automatically verifies the accuracy of the trend, using reassurance measurements, before notifying caregivers of the change. EWS can be more reliable in identifying patients at risk than individual vital signs alone.

Integrate seamlessly

Since the IntelliVue Guardian Solution with EWS uses the same interfacing structure and strategy as your Philips monitoring systems in intensive care units, it connects with your EMR and ADT using the same route as your ICU monitors for seamless data exchange. Validated EWS data goes directly to your EMR to help meet Joint Commission goals and standards of care5.

Your hospital, your rules

With IntelliVue Guardian EWS, you have the flexibility to configure a single parameter, modified early warning score, or even a body-systems-based pediatric EWS. Calculations can be tailored to your hospital’s EWS protocols. And a configurable action list provides caregivers with instant recommendations. Plus you can deploy this solution using your hardware or a virtualized environment via your LAN/WAN infrastructure.

Streamline workflow

With automated, single sign-on at the patient monitor, the IntelliVue Guardian System securely identifies caregivers with a single scan of a card – to help reduce human errors and save time. They can send validated patient data directly to the EMR, access that data or download that data to any spot-check monitor, and utilize intercept ADT information to automate patient admissions.

Turn vital signs into vital action

The IntelliVue Guardian EWS solution automates scoring of patient deterioration using Philips spot-check monitors and IntelliVue cableless measurements.

Prepare for the unexpected

See how automated early warning scoring helps Orlando Regional Medical Center collect rich patient data, streamline workflow, reduce human error, and reliably identify patients at risk. Caregivers can trigger an early response right from a monitor.

Counting down to critical events:
Catch them before it’s too late

Learn how automated Early Warning Scoring (EWS) can help identify deterioration while there’s still time to make a difference. Download the Infographic to learn more.

What's new in Guardian's latest release

Score one for children

Philips is one of the first to offer an EWS system that recognizes the fundamental physiological differences between adults and children. Our Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) calculates early warning scores that take into account the unique patterns of deterioration in children, placing a greater emphasis on nursing observations in determining the level of risk.

Run multiple algorithms at once

Philips IntelliVue Guardian supports more than one scoring algorithm for a single patient at the same time. So you can create early warning scores for specific clinical indications or long and short time windows simultaneously to assess patient risk from multiple points of view. Or you can combine early warning scoring with sepsis detection, and have the necessary data for both algorithms collected in a single, convenient spot-check procedure.

Build your system, your way

The best early warning scoring solution is one that integrates easily into your existing infrastructure and IT environment to simplify staff communications, streamline workflow, document compliance, meet Joint Commission goals for standards of care, and improve patient outcomes. Philips can deliver the products, services, and expertise to build an EWS solution designed to help you meet your goals. Contact us to arrange a consultation with a Philips representative who can help you build an EWS solution designed around your organization.

Products, services and support for EWS

IntelliBridge Enterprise

Simplify interoperability with a ingle, standards-based system that connects IntelliVue Guardian EWS solutions with your hospital’s ADT and EMR.

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IntelliSpace Events Management

Manage critical notifications and deliver them directly to your care team’s devices to improve communications – even when on the go.

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IntelliVue Cableless Measurements

Automatically check patient vital signs as needed, while supporting patient mobility.

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Rapid response with Early Warning Scoring


Comprehensive support for an alarming problem

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2. Rutherford P, Lee B, Greiner A. Transforming Care at the Bedside. IHI Innovation Series white paper. Boston: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2004.(Available on

3. Sharek PJ, Parast LM, Leong K, et al. Effect of a rapid response team on hospital-wide mortality and code rates outside the ICU in a children’s hospital, JAMA 2007; 298(19)2267-2274.

4. Franklin C, Matthew J Developing strategies to prevent in-hospital cardiac arrest: analyzing the responses of physicians and nurses in the hours before the event, Crit Care Med. 1994:22(2):244-247.