POPS Improving Health Assessment

May 5, 2012

Early trails of the web-based Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS) form appear to be reducing the number of child admissions.  The use of the form (developed in conjunction with Dr Damian Roland from University Hospitals of Leicester) has coincided with a fall in admissions. Clinicians often struggle to identify and prioritise children due to a lack of clear discriminators identifying serious illness. POPS is a web based assessment  which quickly scores (between 0-16) acutely ill children on a combination of physiological, behavioural and risk identifiers using easy to collect data. This enables staff (even if inexperienced) to assess, prioritise and treat acutely ill children, and manage risk in busy clinical area.  WK will keep you posted as the trial continues...

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