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Signs and symptoms that trigger nurses’ concerns about deteriorating conditions in hospitalized pediatric patients: a scoping review protocol

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this scoping review is to identify and map the signs and symptoms that trigger nurses' concerns about the deteriorating conditions of hospitalized pediatric patients. INTRODUCTION: Standardized observations and risk assessments of hospitalized pediatric patients are important in modern health systems. The Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) is based on objective criteria, such as vital parameters, but does not include subjective criteria, such as nurses' worry. A Dutch study has shown that adding indicators for "worry" or "concern" to an early warning system based on vital signs improves the prediction of unplanned adult admissions to intensive care units. However, this has not been studied in a pediatric population. Clarifying the signs and symptoms that trigger nurses' concerns about pediatric patients' conditions could possibly help them take actions based on their intuitive feelings and obtain medical support for pediatric patients in the early stages of deterioration. INCLUSION CRITERIA: This review will consider studies that include nurses working in hospital settings who care for pediatric patients (up to 18 years of age). Specifically, this scoping review will explore the signs and symptoms that underlie nurses' concerns about a pediatric patient's condition when the patient's vital signs are not a cause of worry. METHODS: This scoping review will be conducted in accordance with the JBI methodology for scoping reviews. The review will search MEDLINE (via PubMed), CINAHL, Embase, Scopus and Swemed databases. The review will also search for unpublished PhD dissertations using the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJBI Evidence Synthesis
Pages (from-to)1594-1601
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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