Use of a paediatric early warning system in emergency departments
Nicola Adshead Junior band 6 nurse, Emergency department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, Emergency department of Stepping Hill Hospital, part of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Raynie Thomson Staff nurse, Intensive care at Hope Hospital, part of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Emergency department of Stepping Hill Hospital, part of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Implementing an early warning system to identify deterioration can help adult-trained nurses accurately assess children’s needs and interventions, say Nicola Adshead and Raynie Thomson
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has recently implemented a generic paediatric early warning tool that can be used throughout its paediatric services, from admission to discharge. Informal feedback suggests that using the tool has encouraged staff to undertake full sets of observations; this has improved their confidence in recognising deterioration in children and initiating correct interventions.
Emergency Nurse. 17, 1, 22-25. doi: 10.7748/en2009.04.17.1.22.c6984