Spotting the Sick Child – Development of the ‘POPS’ tool

Fevers, breathing difficulty and vomiting illnesses in children cause a great deal of concern for their parents or carers but fortunately are generally self-limiting illnesses.  However some children have more serious infections, such as meningitis or sepsis.  “Spotting sick children” is not an easy task (as a pictorial representation how many boys and girls with unhappy faces can you spot?).  It relies on listening well to parent concern, examining the children’s vital signs’ and utilizing clinician ‘gut feeling’.  The Paediatric Observation Priority Score is a part of a number of systems developed at Leicester Hospital and University to help improve the recognition of the most unwell children.

Damian Roland Paediatric Emergency Medicine


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