A systematic review of the characteristics of published paediatric early warning systems
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A systematic review of the characteristics of published paediatric early warning systems

Susan Chapman Gulf regional clinical manager, International and private patients division at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of the RCN’s Research in Child Health community

Early identification of children at risk of deterioration is a priority for patients, families and healthcare professionals

Background

The paediatric early warning system (PEWS) score has been introduced in many hospitals to help staff recognise when children may be deteriorating. There are many differing systems, however, and a lack of agreement about the most effective characteristics (Chapman et al 2016).

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 7,19-19. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.29.7.19.s21