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    Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS)

    Identifies pediatric patients at risk for clinical deterioration.
    When to Use
    Pearls/Pitfalls
    Why Use

    Pediatric inpatients.

    • Originally developed to provide a practical and objective method to identify pediatric inpatients at risk for cardiac arrest.
    • Can be used by staff and providers at all levels to escalate care for sick patients.

    Provides an objective measurement for patients who “look sick.”

    Playing/appropriate
    0
    Sleeping
    +1
    Irritable
    +2
    Lethargic/confused or reduced response to pain
    +3
    Pink OR capillary refill 1–2 seconds
    0
    Pale OR capillary refill 3 seconds
    +1
    Gray OR capillary refill 4 seconds OR tachycardia of 20 bpm above normal
    +2
    Gray and mottled OR capillary refill ≥5 seconds OR tachycardia of 30 bpm above normal OR bradycardia
    +3
    Within normal parameters, no retractions
    0
    >10 above normal parameters using accessory muscles OR 30+ %FiO2 or 3+ L/min
    +1
    >20 above normal parameters and retractions OR 40+ %FiO2 or 6+ L/min
    +2
    Five below normal parameters with retractions and grunting OR 50% FiO2 or 8+ L/min
    +3
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1
    No
    0
    Yes
    +1

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    Mr. Alan Monaghan

    About the Creator

    Alan Monaghan, MSc, is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. His current research focuses on implementation of pediatric early warning scores in the community setting and has completed research on pediatric critical care nursing.

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