Top of the POPS: system for prioritising acutely ill children recognised

Posted by pt91 at May 16, 2013 11:10 AM |
Cardiovascular researcher receives second nomination for prestigious award
Top of the POPS: system for prioritising acutely ill children recognised

L-R: Muhammad W. Shahzad, Katy Bannister, Damian Roland, Deborah Dakin, Ffion Davies.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 May 2013

Photograph of the project team available from

An innovative University of Leicester research project that enables health professionals to assess, prioritise and treat acutely ill children has been shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award.

The Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS) has been shortlisted in the in the Patient Safety in Paediatrics category. The Patient Safety Awards 2013 will recognise and reward work which has significantly improved the safety of patients.

Dr Damian Roland from the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is leading the research on POPS – a checklist which saves time by immediately scoring (between 0-16) mildly ill children on a mixture of physiological, behavioural and risk identifiers, has already been awarded a Da Vinci Health Technology Award.

Using the POPS checklist helps to identify children’s illnesses and treatment options as quickly as possible, also resulting in fewer hospital treatment referrals and overall reducing unnecessary diagnoses.

Dr Roland works in the Children’s Emergency Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary as a paediatric specialist registrar along with his POPS project collaborator Dr Ffion Davies, consultant in Emergency Medicine and paediatric lead. The pair have previously been recognised by the Patient Safety Awards 2011 for their project ‘Spotting the Sick Child.’

Dr Roland said: "We are all very pleased to have been nominated for this award. It rewards the efforts that all of the clinical and research team members have put into the project.

“As we gather more data we will continue to refine POPS to enable it to educate staff, make efficiencies within emergency and urgent care departments and ultimately provide high quality safe care for all acutely ill children.”

POPS is now available in the form of an app downloadable from iTunes which allows the checklist to be utilised in a variety of handheld, tablet or computer based systems.

The winners of the Patient Safety Awards 2013 will be announced at a ceremony on 9 July 2013 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.


Notes to editors

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