Results Looking at PEWS systems of the five participating hospitals, different parameters and policies were found.
Despite these limitations, PEWS is increasingly being used internationally, 6915 — 19 most commonly incorporated within paper-based charts. Received Mar 6; Accepted Mar Clinical acumen and judgement remain essential for the detection of deterioration in a child with mild or no abnormal physiological observations.
To test this hypothesis, we conducted a controlled study of documentation using five clinical vignettes.
Observations recorded on the Paediatric Early Warning Score PEWS include respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, temperature, level of consciousness and capillary refill time.
Comput Inform Nurs. When a patient meets the trigger score and the tool is activated, the guidelines regarding frequency of observations and the need for medical assessment should follow the agreed escalation plan.
Participants volunteered to be involved, with no financial incentives offered to participants in either the controlled documentation exercise or the Web-based survey.
The PEWS chart and score is specifically designed to enhance the identification of changing trends in observations.