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Prospective cohort study to test the predictability of the Cardiff and Vale paediatric early warning system
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    True value of PEWS is to improve awareness of what is happening rather than what’s going to happen
    • John J Fitzsimons, Consultant Paediatrician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Sebastian Yuen, Rahul Chodhari, Peter Lachman

    We were interested to read the study by Edwards et al on the predictive value of their paediatric early warning system (PEWS). They clearly identify the challenges inherent in designing triggers that have both a high sensitivity and specificity. We have an alternate understanding of what PEWS can deliver.

    We believe that true value of PEWS is as a situation awareness tool rather than a prediction tool for the...

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