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Good communication is vital in assessing paediatric early warning systems

Good communication is vital in assessing paediatric early warning systems

Preventable pain and trauma in children with complex needs is something I have heard about too often. It often occurs when paediatric early warning systems (PEWS) and pain assessment tools cannot accommodate the needs of these patients.

I have also heard parents say words to the effect: ‘I knew something was wrong, but no one paid attention to what I know about my child.’

What is being said here is that parents had an understanding that staff were not necessarily ignoring them, but the scores and numbers were.

When assessing PEWS and pain scores for a child or young person with complex needs it is important to understand that their vital signs may be out of the normal guidelines for their age.

Nurses need to ensure they receive thorough


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