Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) Charts

PEWS charts allow the paediatric community in Scotland to put into practice a national system-wide paediatric early warning system.

Three versions of each chart are available for each age range:

  • Original version
  • Version 2 of each chart allows the escalation policy to be customised
  • Version 3 of each chart allows the escalation policy to be customised and excludes the back page.

The charts are designed to be printed as an A3 document.

The charts are available for five age ranges:

0-11 months (to be used from birth until day before 1st birthday) - Original, Version 1 and Version 2
12-23 months (to be used from 12 months until day before 2nd birthday) - Original, Version 1 and Version 2
2-4 years (to be used from 2 years until day before 5th birthday) - Original, Version 1 and Version 2
5-11 years (to be used from 5 years until day before 12th birthday) - Original, Version 1 and Version 2
12 years and over (to be used from 12 years and above) - Original, Version 1 and Version 2

An accompanying teaching package is also available.

Those outside NHS Scotland may adapt the charts for their use but should honour the Creative Commons licence by acknowledging that the charts are the work of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. There is more information on this licence here.

PEWS WebEx sessions

The following are recordings and PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations from the MCQIC Paediatric Care WebEx sessions on PEWS:
- 7 June 2017 - PEWS as a system by Dr Damian Roland, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University Hospital of Leicester. For a recording of the WebEx click here
- 23 June 2017 - National PEWS WebEx by Dr Linda Clerihew, Consultant Paediatrician at NHS Tayside and Dr Neil Spenceley, Paediatric Clinical Lead. For a recording of the WebEx click here. 

Developing a National PEWS Chapter 1 – presented by Dr Neil Spenceley, Paediatric Clinical Lead

Developing a National PEWS Chapter 2 - presented by Dr Linda Clerihew, Consultant Paediatrician at NHS Tayside 

Developing a National PEWS Chapter 5 - presented by Dr Linda Clerihew, Consultant Paediatrician at NHS Tayside