Accuracy of a pediatric early warning score in the recognition of clinical deterioration

Juliana Freitas, Climene de Camargo, Carlito Lopez Sobrinho, Daniel Sales Portela, Alan Monaghan

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Abstract

Objective: to evaluate the accuracy of the version of the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score translated and adapted for the Brazilian context, in the recognition of clinical deterioration. Method: a diagnostic test study to measure the accuracy of the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score for the Brazilian context, in relation to a reference standard. The sample consisted of 271 children, aged 0 to 10 years, blindly evaluated by a nurse and a physician, specialists in pediatrics, with interval of 5 to 10 minutes between the evaluations, for the application of the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score for the Brazilian context and of the reference standard. The data were processed and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and VassarStats.net programs. The performance of the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score for the Brazilian context was evaluated through the indicators of sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, area under the ROC curve, likelihood ratios and post-test probability. Results: the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score for the Brazilian context showed sensitivity of 73.9%, specificity of 95.5%, positive predictive value of 73.3%, negative predictive value of 94.7%, area under Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve of 91.9% and the positive post-test probability was 80%. Conclusion: the Brighton Pediatric Early Warning Score for the Brazilian context, presented good performance, considered valid for the recognition of clinical deterioration warning signs of the children studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017

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Keywords

  • Alert
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Child
  • Hospitalized
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Validation Studies

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