COMPASS is the training course for healthcare professionals involved
in the National Early Warning Score programme. The ViEWS score is
calculated from a patient's vital signs, triggering an escalating series
The COMPASS+ course has been developed by Code Blue as an extension of the standard COMPASS course, to include more hands-on skills training and more group discussion of patient assessment and ViEWS theory.
The course is intended to teach healthcare staff how to anticipate,
recognise and prevent critical illness at an early stage, thereby
preventing unnecessary cardiac arrest and improving the quality of care
for those patients who may subsequently require admission to a critical
The COMPASS course explains the rationale for the ViEWS score, how to calculate it and how to act on a rising score.
COMPASS or COMPASS+? View the comparison chart here (pdf).