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Prospective Evaluation of a Pediatric Inpatient Early Warning Scoring System
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
  • Karen M. Tucker
  • Tracy L. Brewer, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Rachel B. Baker
  • Brenda Demeritt
  • Michael T. Vossmeyer
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2009
Abstract
PURPOSE: The present study evaluated the use of the Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) for detecting clinical deterioration among hospitalized children. DESIGN/METHODS: A prospective, descriptive study design was used. The tool was used to score 2,979 patients admitted to a single medical unit of a pediatric hospital over a 12-month period. RESULTS: PEWS discriminated between children who required transfer to the pediatric intensive care unit and those who did not require transfer (area under the curve = 0.89, 95% CI = 0.84–0.94, p < .001). IMPLICATIONS: The PEWS tool was found to be a reliable and valid scoring system to identify children at risk for clinical deterioration.
DOI
10.1111/j.1744-6155.2008.00178.x
Citation Information
Karen M. Tucker, Tracy L. Brewer, Rachel B. Baker, Brenda Demeritt, et al.. "Prospective Evaluation of a Pediatric Inpatient Early Warning Scoring System" Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing Vol. 14 Iss. 2 (2009) p. 79 - 85 ISSN: 15390136
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