Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network
PICANet aims to continually support the improvement of paediatric intensive care throughout the UK through clinical audit. The Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet) is a national audit coordinated by the Universities of Leeds and Leicester which collects data on all children admitted to paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) across the UK. To see a list of participating organisations please click here.
PICANet in the Press
Research undertaken by PICANet has shown that children admitted to UK intensive care units in out-of-hours emergencies are at no greater risk of dying than children arriving during normal working hours.
The full paper (Phil McShane, Elizabeth S. Draper, Patrician A. McKinney, Jillian McFadzean, Roger C. Parslow on behalf of the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network), ‘Effects of Out-of-Hours and Winter Admissions and Number of Patients per Unit on Mortality in Pediatric Intensive Care,’ was published in The Journal of Pediatrics, and has been reported on by: BBC News, The Guardian, ITV Calendar, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, the University of Leeds and the University of Leicester.
PICANet Annual Meeting 2013
The 2013 PICANet Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at UH Bristol Education Centre.
To register for your free place email Jodie Batchelor.
The PICANet April 2013 Newsletter - Edition 35 is now available
PICANet Newsletter edition 35 is now available and can be downloaded by clicking here.
Liquitab Ingestion - Public Health Campaign
Dishwasher and washing machine "liquitabs" are now a common finding in most homes. These contain cleansing agents which are strongly alkaline which can cause a severe airway or oesophageal injury if bitten or swallowed. The "liquitabs" are often highly coloured and attractive to young children. They are sold in non-child safe containers.
Following a recent run of cases requiring airway intervention and Paediatric Critical Care support, Doctors at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children are keen to prospectively assess the incidence of this problem. A public health campaign is about to begin to raise awareness and provide solutions.
Click here to view a letter to the Paediatric Intensive Care Society regarding this issue or for more information on the campaign contact Dr Mark Davidson a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
27th Paediatric Intensive Care Society Congress
25th - 27th September 2013 at The Royal College of Surgeons, London.
For more details visit picsmeeting.com.
Meningitis and Septicaemia in Children and Adults 2013
5th - 6th November 2013 at The Royal Society of Medicine, London.
For more details visit www.meningitis.org/conference2013.
In his transparency and open data letter to Cabinet Ministers on 7 July 2011, the Prime Minister made a commitment to make clinical audit data available from the national audits within the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme. The Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet) has been collecting data since November 2002 and has made aggregated data available in downloadable Microsoft Excel data tables from 2004 onwards publicly available in annual reports from 2007. All of these reports and tables, covering the UK and Ireland are available from on this site.
Data by NHS Trust for England only is now released in a different format in a single comma separated file. The audit includes information about activity (admission numbers and bed days), clinical interventions that reflect the level of care received, and mortality as an outcome. To enable comparisons between Trusts that fairly reflect how sick the patients are on admission, ‘risk-adjusted’ mortality is displayed in funnel plots in the annual PICANet reports.
These data do not list information about individual patients nor do they contain any patient identifiers. Where individual cells in the file have counts of less than five, these have been changed to ‘<5’ to maintain confidentiality.
PICANet are able to provide bespoke datasets on request, subject to suitable governance and ethics approval.
PICANet Annual Report 2012
The 2012 PICANet Annual Report can be downloaded by clicking on following links:
PICANet would like to thank all of the contributors to this report and the unit staff who have submitted data.
PICANet Annual Report for Scotland 2012
The 2012 PICANet Annual Report for Scotland can be downloaded by clicking here
PICANet Annual Report for Wales 2012
The 2012 PICANet Annual Report for Wales can be downloaded by clicking here
PICANet Annual Report for Northern Ireland 2012
The 2012 PICANet Annual Report for Northern Ireland can be downloaded by clicking here
SWACIC (South West Audit of Critically Ill Children) 10 year report now available