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Paediatric early warning systems: not a simple answer to a complex question

Roland, Damian, Powell, Colin, Lloyd, Amy ORCID:, Trubey, Robert, Tume, Lyvonne, Sefton, Gerri, Huang, Chao, Taiyari, Katie, Strange, Heather ORCID:, Jacob, Nina, Thomas-Jones, Emma, Hood, Kerenza ORCID: and Allen, Davina ORCID: 2023. Paediatric early warning systems: not a simple answer to a complex question. Archives of Disease in Childhood 108 (5) , pp. 338-343. 10.1136/archdischild-2022-323951

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Paediatric early warning systems (PEWS) to reduce in-hospital mortality have been a laudable endeavour. Evaluation of their impact has rarely examined the internal validity of the components of PEWS in achieving desired outcomes. We highlight the assumptions made regarding the mode of action of PEWS and, as PEWS become more commonplace, this paper asks whether we really understand their function, process and outcome.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 9 July 2022
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 05:53

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