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What does ‘PEWing’ or ‘PEWsing’ mean? A new word in paediatrics
  1. Catherine Diskin1,
  2. Rachel MacDonell2,
  3. Blaize Whelan1,
  4. Orla O' Shea1,
  5. John J Fitzsimons3,
  6. David Vaughan4,
  7. David Coghlan1
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Children's Health Ireland at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Quality Improvement Division, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Quality Improvement Division, Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4Children's Health Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Diskin, Department of Paediatrics, Children's Health Ireland at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; diskincatherine{at}gmail.com

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Since 2015, a national Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) has been used in acute paediatric settings in the Ireland. At a national PEWS workshop, the terms ‘pewing’ and ‘pewsing’ were noted to have been used or overheard in clinical conversations in some settings. We sought to understand the term ‘pewing’ or ‘pewsing’ interviewing 40 frontline paediatric nurses and doctors in a tertiary hospital and 20 from other regional sites. We asked, ‘what does the term ‘pewing’ or ‘pewsing’ mean to you?’ …

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