Paediatric early warning scores on a children's ward: a quality improvement initiative.
AffiliationUniversity Hospital Waterford, Ireland.
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CitationEnnis L. Paediatric early warning scores on a children's ward: a quality improvement initiative. Nurs Child Young People. 2014, 26 (7):25-31 Nurs Child Young People
PublisherNursing children and young people
JournalNursing children and young people
AbstractThe aim of this quality improvement initiative was to incorporate a paediatric early warning score (PEWS) and track and trigger system in the routine care of children in an acute general children's ward at a regional hospital in the Republic of Ireland. In the absence of a nationally recommended specific PEWS strategy, a local plan was developed. The experience of structuring and implementing the PEWS and track and trigger system is presented in this article. Data from the first year of use were collected to evaluate the clinical utility and effectiveness of this system. In the busy acute children's service, the PEWS initiative was found to benefit processes of early detection, prompt referral and timely, appropriate management of children at potential risk of clinical deterioration. Nursing staff were empowered and supported to communicate concerns immediately and to seek rapid medical review, according to an agreed PEWS escalation plan. Outcomes were significantly improved.