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Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management [CG160]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.2.2.6

Measure and record temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and capillary refill time as part of the routine assessment of a child with fever.

What was measured: Proportion of patients presenting with a fever who have their temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and capillary refill time measured and recorded
Data collection end: January 2014
62%
Area covered: Local
Source: Andrews A (2015) The assessment and management of the febrile child under five in the primary care setting. Archives of Disease in Childhood, Conference (var.pagings): April

What was measured: Percentage of emergency department notes where the vital sign 'temperature' was recorded.
Data collection end: March 2016
95%
Area covered: UK
Source: Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Vital signs in children .

What was measured: Percentage of emergency department notes where the vital sign 'heart rate' was recorded.
Data collection end: March 2016
95%
Area covered: UK
Source: Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Vital signs in children .

What was measured: Percentage of emergency department notes where the vital sign 'respiratory rate' was recorded.
Data collection end: March 2016
89%
Area covered: UK
Source: Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Vital signs in children .

What was measured: Percentage of emergency department notes where the vital sign 'capillary refill time' was recorded.
Data collection end: March 2016
53%
Area covered: UK
Source: Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Vital signs in children .



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