Using electronic calculation of PEWS can save nurses’ time and children’s lives
Susan Chapman Gulf regional clinical manager, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, on behalf of the RCN’s Research in Child Health community
Identifying hospitalised children who are deteriorating is complex. Traditionally vital sign and clinical assessment has been the primary method to detect deterioration. Evidence, however, indicates that these can be poorly recorded or misinterpreted, leading to missed opportunities to intervene. Early warning scores were heralded as a panacea to address this issue, but widespread benefits have not yet been realised.
Nursing Children and Young People. 30, 3,18-18. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.30.3.18.s18