What is PEWS and what does it mean?
PEWS stands for Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS). It is recognised as a worldwide life saving tool in the medical field. It can predict cardiac arrests in children 6-8 hours before they happen.
How Does It Work?
Nurses use a simple scoring system to identify patients at risk of deterioration. Scores are based on 3 aspects of patient health… behavior, cardiovascular status & breathing. Scores can range from 0 – 13. The higher the score, the higher the risk of the patient crashing. Nurses refer scores to the PEWS Chart. It gives specific instructions on what to do