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Quality improvement in the PICU – a primer for intensivists

2019 30 May

Quality improvement provides tools that help the transformation of an intensive care unit into a highly reliable and safe environment, that nurtures continuous learning and delivery of high-quality care that improves patient experience and outcomes.   Despite advances in healthcare and dramatic improvements in survival across the spectrum of... Read more

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Infographic

2019 30 May

Caring for the critically ill child   Read more

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PICU-acquired complications: the new marker of the quality of care

2019 30 May

This article describes the rise in PICU-acquired morbidities and its impact on patient outcomes. It discusses early rehabilitation strategies to improve patient outcomes in PICU.  Introduction Critical care has traditionally been focused on early recognition of life-threatening conditions, resuscitation, and stabilisation of organ... Read more

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Caring for children in the PICU

2019 30 May

From novel technology to family-centred care: new challenges for old needs Challenges and opportunities to improve care and practice in the PICU. “Martin, 2 years old. Sepsis and pneumoniae. High monitoring systems and modern therapies. A nurse is talking to his parents. A smile and a kind gesture help them in this overwhelming... Read more

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Virtual reality experience in the PICU

2019 30 May

A pilot study at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago An overview of the virtual reality programme at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and its potential benefits on patient outcomes. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has introduced virtual reality into their paediatric intensive... Read more

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Metabolic-based biomarkers have potential to triage children with sepsis

2018 14 Nov

A new study has validated potential biomarkers for a sepsis-triage model to distinguish sepsis patients requiring care in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) from sepsis identified in the paediatric emergency department (PED) that does not require ICU admission. The study, led by Beata Mickiewicz and colleagues from the University of Calgary... Read more

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A helping hand for paediatric intensive care

2018 01 Oct

Doctors working in the eight-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid use point-of-care ultrasound extensively to evaluate the condition of critically ill children, and find it essential to their work. Dr José Luis Vázquez Mart í nez, Head of UCIP at Hospital Ramón y Cajal, with over 25... Read more

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Point-of-care ultrasound is a hit in paediatric intensive care

2017 09 Sep

  Dr Akash Deep (right) and Vanessa Wickens, UK education manager and clinical lead at SonoSite, with the ultrasound system Ultrasound technology is helping the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at King’s College Hospital to rapidly obtain vascular access in critically ill patients. Dr Akash Deep, Director of PICU, explained: “PICU treats... Read more

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Study: Paediatric AKI Diagnosis Not Following Guidelines

2016 01 Nov

A survey of paediatric intensivists in the U.S. has found that around half are not using current guidelines to diagnose acute kidney injury (AKI) in critically ill children, and over 70 percent are using serum creatinine and urine output only. Only one-third refer children with AKI to a kidney specialist after they are discharged. The study is published... Read more

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Early Mobilisation Programme for Kids Safe, Effective

2016 19 Oct

Evaluation of a pilot mobilisation programme in the paediatric critical care unit at Johns Hopkins University found that it is effective and safe in reducing sedation and boosting early mobility. The most commonly reported barrier to early mobilisation after PICU Up! implementation was availability of appropriate equipment. But a change in mindset... Read more