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November 2017

PICANet PICU Staffing Study this week

Published on Thursday 23rd November 2017

Information is being collected on the nursing and medical establishment, advanced practice practitioners, other professionals working on PICU, and also details of staffing levels recorded at four specific ‘snapshot’ time periods:- 12 midday and 12 midnight on Wednesday 22nd November and Sunday 26th November. If you have any queries please contact Caroline Lamming, Research Nurse email: crl4@leicester.ac.uk

PICANet dataset updates

Published on Wednesday 22nd November 2017

PICANet is introducing a revised referral, transport and admission dataset.

Data collection may commence immediately on receipt of a supply of new forms for organisations completing the PICANet data collection forms [please destroy previous versions], you will be able to enter the new data fields on PICANet Web from Monday December 4th 2017 and we ask all organisations to commence data collection from January 1st 2018.

A revised import schema is available from Lee Norman, Database Manager email: L.J.Norman@leeds.ac.uk as soon as testing is complete.

Copies of the updated data collection forms are available here

Copies of the updated data manuals are available here

PICANet annual report now published

Published on Thursday 9th November 2017

The PICANet annual report is now published, please click here to read it.

October 2017

PICANet ongoing data anonymisation.

Published on Friday 13th October 2017

PICANet will from the 27th of October begin to anonymise data held in our database on an ongoing basis, when a patient reaches the age of 18 years and has not been the subject of a PICANet event (referral, transport and admission) for over 5 years then all records associated with them will be anonymised.

click here for more details.

Newletter 53 now available- Autumn update 2017

Published on Thursday 12th October 2017

The 53nd edition of the PICANet Newletter is available online and downloadable by email. It has details of what’s going on in PICANet, including dates for your diary and staff information and more on wider issues.

 The newsletter can be downloaded here.
If you have any news items, events or stories you would like considering for publication in future editions of our  newsletter, please contact Sophie Butler on s.butler1@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 8125.

August 2017

Newletter 52 now available- Summer update 2017

Published on Thursday 3rd August 2017

The 52nd edition of the PICANet Newletter is available online and downloadable by email. It has details of what’s going on in PICANet, including dates for your diary and staff information and more on wider issues.

 The newsletter can be downloaded here.
If you have any news items, events or stories you would like considering for publication in future editions of our  newsletter, please contact Sophie Butler on s.butler1@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 8125.

November 2016

New PCCMDS (Version 2) variables added to PICANet dataset.

Published on Thursday 24th November 2016

Five new variables have been added to the PICANet dataset to allow collection of version 2 of the PCCMDS’. More details can be found here.

2016 PICANet Annual Report now available.

Published on Wednesday 23rd November 2016

The PICANet annual report is now available here. If you have any response to this report please contact picanet@leeds.ac.uk . Press enquires should be directed to pressoffice@leeds.ac.uk or pressoffice@le.ac.uk.

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June 2016

Introducing the new Renal Daily Interventions Audit

Published on Wednesday 29th June 2016

PICANet has launched an enhanced renal audit dataset that captures data on continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) on a daily basis. The dataset has been developed in close collaboration with the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Renal Group and will provide insight into the use of CRRT in participating PICUs across the UK and Ireland. Collection of this dataset is voluntary.

May 2016

PICANet Newsletter April/May 2016

Published on Thursday 12th May 2016

The 48th edition of the PICANet Newletter is available online and downloadable by email. It has details of what’s going on in PICANet, including dates for your diary and staff information and more on the PICANet Annual Meeting 2016.
 The newsletter can be downloaded here.
If you have any news items, events or stories you would like considering for publication in future editions of our  newsletter, please contact Sophie Butler on s.butler1@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 8125.

January 2016

Details of the 2016 Annual Meeting Announced in January Newsletter

Published on Tuesday 26th January 2016

The January 2016 edition of the PICANet Newsletter with details of the next PICANet Annual Meeting is now available to view and download: January 2016 Newsletter.
 
If you have any news items, events or stories you would like considering for publication in future editions of our  newsletter, please contact Jodie Singh on j.a.singh@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 8125.

November 2015

2015 PICANet Annual Report

Published on Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Outcomes from paediatric intensive care remain good despite poor staffing ratios.

The latest report from the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network shows that despite a year on year increase in activity, mortality rates following admission for paediatric intensive care remain very low at less than 4%.This is at a time when only 15% of UK PICUs met the current nurse staffing levels as prescribed by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Standards. Recent data from across the NHS has highlighted the use of Agency and Bank nursing staff and there are similar findings in Paediatric Intensive Care.

 
The 2015 Report is available to download for free from http://www.picanet.org.uk/Audit/Annual-Reporting/
 
To view previous reports visit the Annual Report Archive.

August 2015

Annual Meeting Speakers Announced in August Newsletter

Published on Thursday 27th August 2015

The August edition of the PICANet Newsletter sees the announcement of the Annual Meeting speaker line up. With some great speakers from all over the world make sure you have registered for your free place  - Register Now!
 

March 2015

New PICANet Team Member

Published on Monday 30th March 2015

PICANet are delighted to welcome the newest member of the team, Melpo Kapetanstrataki.

Melpo has just completed her MSc in Biostatistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and will be joining the PICANet team in Leeds as an Applied Health Research Statistician from the 1st April 2015.
 
You can read more about the PICANet Team on our Team Members page.

February 2015

Lay Representatives for PIC Families Group

Published on Monday 23rd February 2015

Do you know a parent or carer who would like to help the PIC Families Group improve paediatric intensive care for families?

PICANet are seeking lay representatives to join the Paediatric Intensive Care Families Group; the representatives are parents or carers, with experience of involvement with a child on the paediatric intensive care unit. Membership of the PIC Families Group includes representatives from PICANet, PICU Nursing and Medical staff and parent/carer representatives.

Meetings are held 2-3 times per year for approximately 3hrs commencing at midday, usually at the University of Leicester. No specialist knowledge is needed but experience of paediatric intensive care as a parent or carer within the last 10 years is requested. All travel expenses and additional expenses reasonably incurred (i.e. child care) by attending meetings may be reimbursed.

If you know a parent or carer who may be interested please contact:- Caroline Lamming, PICANet Research Nurse: Tel: 0116 2525414or by email: crl4@leicester.ac.uk.

2015 PICANet Annual Meeting

Published on Tuesday 10th February 2015

We are delighted to announce that the 2015 PICANet Annual Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at the Royal College of Nursing in London.

Keep an eye on the Annual Meeting section of the website for regular updates on the programme.

January 2015

New PICANet Team Member

Published on Monday 12th January 2015

PICANet are delighted to announce that Sarah McLoughlin joined the PICANet Team as of 5th January 2015.
 
Sarah is our new Research Assistant and is based at the University of Leicester.
 
You can read more about the PICANet Team on our Team Members page.

December 2014

New three-tier hierarchy of care needed for critically ill children, says new report

Published on Monday 8th December 2014

Calls to reduce inequity for critically ill children as Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) also recommends:
 
• Higher training and competence requirements for professionals caring for severely ill children

• A single commissioning host for all paediatric critical care services to avoid fragmentation of services
 
Children’s health experts are calling  for a new three-tier hierarchy system of critical care, enhanced staff training, reorganisation of services and a more consistent funding model to bridge the gap between critical care delivered to children in children’s wards and high dependency units and that delivered in intensive care.
 
The ‘High Dependency Care for Children – Time to Move on’ report, published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), makes a series of recommendations which aim to improve the delivery of safe, high quality critical care for children outside the paediatric intensive care ward.
 

October 2014

Another publication for PICANet

Published on Wednesday 29th October 2014

We are delighted to announce the publication in Intensive Care Medicine of a new paper by Authors: Katie Harron, Quen Mok, Roger Parslow, Berit Muller Pebody, Ruth Gilbert and Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, looking at Risk of bloodstream infection in children admitted to paediatric intensive care units in England and Wales following emergency inter-hospital transfer.
 
 

September 2014

PICANet Annual Report 2014

Published on Monday 29th September 2014

PICANet are pleased to publish our 11th annual report, with data presented on 58,951 paediatric intensive care admissions (aged under 16 years) and 1,392 admissions (aged 16 years and over), in the three year period January 2011 to December 2013.            
This year also sees the publication of our special summary report - A Decade of Data, with a series of chapters in which we examine trends for the 10 years of data submitted between 2004 and 2013.    
 
 
To view previous reports visit the Annual Report Archive.

January 2014

CHiP Trial paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine

Published on Thursday 9th January 2014

We are delighted to announce that the Control of Hyperglycaemia in Pediatric Intensive Care (CHiP) trial paper: A Randomized Trial of Hyperglycemic Control in Pediatric Intensive Care, has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
 
PICANet are represented on the Project Management Group and have been actively involved in enabling efficient data collection for the CHiP trial.
 
Authors: Duncan Macrae, F.R.C.A., Richard Grieve, Ph.D., Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D., Zia Sadique, Ph.D., Kevin Morris, M.D., John Pappachan, F.R.C.A., Roger Parslow, Ph.D., Robert C. Tasker, M.D., and Diana Elbourne, Ph.D. for the CHiP Investigators
 
 

New PICANet Team Member

Published on Thursday 2nd January 2014

PICANet are delighted to announce that Alun Evans joined the PICANet Team as of 1st January 2014.
 
Alun is a Research Methods Fellow in Medical Statistics and is based at the University of Leicester.
 
You can read more about the PICANet Team on our Team Members page.
 
 

November 2013

PICANet 2013 Annual Meeting attended by over 100 delegates

Published on Friday 22nd November 2013

The PICANet 2013 Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday 13th November in Bristol, over 100 delegates attended from across the paediatric intensive care and wider health community.
 
The audience heard an overview of the latest findings from the PICANet annual report and future developments for the audit including data on referrals and transport to intensive care and new outcome measures such as ventilator free days.
 
Guest speakers reported on a project to use PICANet data to follow up children who had cardiac surgery in infancy, a system for gaining information on early life congenital anomalies through reporting cards for surgeons, and a study to understand more about the treatment given to children with refractory convulsive status epilepticus, amongst other relevant topics.
 
Abstracts of the talks and copies of selected presentations can be found here.

October 2013

PICANet editorial in the Journal of Pediatrics

Published on Thursday 31st October 2013

In October 2013, the Journal of Pediatrics published an editorial to accompany a paper by the PICANet team about the effects of out of hours care on mortality using PICANet data.  The editorial highlights the importance of the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network for long term assessment of quality of care, variations in outcome and improvement in clinical practice, describing the data it collects as reliable and of high-quality. The authors comment on how PICANet has become a rich data source from which several important studies have been published.
 
Reference:
Goldstein B, Nadel S. The promise and potential of continuous improvement in the pediatric intensive care unit: the evolving story from the United kingdom paediatric intensive care audit network. J Pediatr. 2013;163(4):935-7.
 
Phil McShane, Elizabeth S. Draper, Patrician A. McKinney, Jillian McFadzean, Roger C. Parslow on behalf of the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet).
Effects of Out-of-Hours and Winter Admissions and Number of Patients per Unit on Mortality in Pediatric Intensive Care.
The Journal of Pediatrics, [April 2013] (in press DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.03.061)

PICU Staffing Survey 2013

Published on Wednesday 30th October 2013

A survey of occupancy & nursing and medical staffing provision. The annual staffing survey facilitates the monitoring and analysis of staffing levels within PICUs. All units will be asked to collect data during the week commencing November 18th 2013; on the nursing and medical establishment, other professionals working on PICU, and also details of staffing levels at four specific 'snapshot' time periods.

Overview of child deaths in the four UK countries

Published on Wednesday 30th October 2013

The final report of the child death overview was published on the 30th September2013.
The report was produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health CHR-UK Programme of Work at the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, University College London Institute of Child Health.
 
 

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