Observation charts specifically for paediatric and maternity settings have been developed in Australia.
New South Wales
A series of paediatric charts have been developed as part of the Between the Flags program. These are single parameter charts with three response categories, and align with the standard adult general observation chart that is in place across NSW.
The children’s early warning tool (CEWT) is a chart with an aggregate weighted scoring system built in. The chart was designed according to human factors principles and has been the subject of a prospective trial regarding the trigger thresholds used.
Australian Capital Territory
Paediatric charts have been developed as part of the ACT Government’s COMPASS program.
Western Australia Health have developed a maternal observation and response chart (MORC), to be rolled out across WA hospitals.
Examples of paediatric and maternity charts used in South Australia Health facilities are available from SA Health.
Eastern Health have developed a maternity observation chart.
The Victorian Children’s Tool for Observation and Response (ViCTOR) is available from the dedicated ViCTOR website.