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Early warning systems for identifying sick children

Authors
Journal
Paediatrics and Child Health
1751-7222
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.paed.2011.02.007
Keywords
  • Child Mortality
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Hospitalized Child
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Paediatric

Abstract

Abstract Early warning scores are becoming increasingly topical and widespread in paediatrics. This article examines the evidence base behind them and reinforces the call for a nationally coordinated setup programme. We make the distinction between scores as trigger events for rapid review from a high dependency or critical care outreach team and the multilayered approach to risk reduction which we envisage by which an effective, audited and quality assured early warning system might be established.

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