Current Content
Volume 41 - Number 4
July/August 2015

An Integrative Review of Pediatric Early Warning System Scores
John S. Murray, Lee Ann Williams, Shelly Pignataro, and Diana Volpe

Increasingly, early warning system scores are being introduced into pediatric clinical practice to support the early recognition of and intervention for clinical deterioration in hospitalized children at risk. This integrative review explored what is known about early warning system scores with pediatric patients. Twentyeight publications, including research, clinical practice articles, and conference abstracts, were identified. Five major concepts emerged from analysis of retrieved documents: overview of pediatric early warning system scores, supplementary benefits, facilitators to successful implementation, barriers to successful implementation, and needed research. Greater psychometric testing of tools is needed before any recommendations can be made regarding extensive implementation with the pediatric population.