PICANet bank holiday closure and PICANet web database offline

PICANet, based at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, will be closed for the spring and Platinum Jubilee bank holidays on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022.

We will respond to any queries, including technical support queries, when our offices re-open on Monday 6th June 2022.

Please note that the PICANet web database is currently offline to address unforeseen technical issues and participating organisations will be updated as soon as it is available again.

Thank you for your understanding.

PICANet Annual Report 2021 – Minor update

We have released version 1.1 of the PICANet Annual Report 2021 following a correction to the descriptive text surrounding Figure 7 (p32) and two in-document links to figures. These minor changes do not impact on the overall findings of the report or the recommendations. The report be downloaded from our Reports page.

PICANet Web Offline

Please note that the PICANet Web database remains offline for both the PICANet team and participating organisations. This means that when you visit the page you will receive a ‘this site can’t be reached’ message. The University of Leeds are working to rectify this and we will update you as soon as it is available so that data entry and validation can be resumed.

PICANet Easter Closure

PICANet, based at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, will be closed for the Easter break from 12:30pm on Thursday 14th April 2022 until Tuesday 19th April 2022 inclusive. In addition, the University of Leicester will be closed on the morning of 14th April.

We will respond to any queries, including technical support queries, when our offices re-open on Wednesday 20th April 2022.

Thank you for your understanding.

PICANet Annual Dataset Freeze 2022

The PICANet dataset for the period 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2021 will be frozen at 12 midnight on March 31st 2022; it is essential that all event data for this period is completed and all validation queries resolved.

For children admitted prior to December 31st 2021 who remain as inpatients on your unit please ensure that all daily intervention data up to and including 31st December 2021 is complete.

Thank you.

Now Available: PICANet Dataset Changes Over Time Document

PICANet have published a new document which contains details on changes within the PICANet dataset over time, including its availability and limitations. The document is titled PICANet Dataset Changes Over Time and can be found in the Data Manuals and Guidance section of our website. The document will be of particular use for anybody submitting a data or information access request for PICANet data.

Update to the COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection

The COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection has been updated with input from clinicians.

The All admissions section of the data collection form will collect the following data items for all PICU admissions meeting the criteria for inclusion in the COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection:

  • Number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine received
  • Date of most recent COVID-19 vaccine
  • Type of most recent COVID-19 vaccine

These fields were previously only collected in the Potential COVID 19 vaccine related complications section/ cohort and have now been removed to avoid duplication.

Other updates:

  • PIMS-TS section: We’ve amended “COVID-19 PCR test result” question title to “COVID-19 PCR test result during this admission”.
  • COVID-19 confirmed by PCR section: We’ve amended the option title “No symptoms – asymptomatic throughout PICU stay” to “No symptoms attributed to COVID-19 throughout PICU stay / asymptomatic”.

In order to release this there will be some PICANet web downtime from 17:00 on Friday 11th February 2022. If you use PICANet web, a notification will appear on PICANet web to not enter data when the system is at risk. The updated data collection will be available from Saturday 12th February 2022.

Version 2.0 of the data collection form and dataset definitions manual to support completion of the data will be made available on the COVID-19 page.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team via picanet@leeds.ac.uk and PICANet Research Nurse Lyn Palmer (slp60@leicester.ac.uk).

Removal of field from PICANet Admissions dataset

Please note that there is no requirement to complete the GP practice code field in the PICANet Admissions dataset from Tuesday 01 Feb 2022.

By 31 Mar 2022 this field will be removed from the PICANet Admission dataset so it will not appear for those who enter data manually and if data imports include this field, the data will not be stored in PICANet web.

We will update the news page to confirm the date that the field is to be removed and let you know when the updated data collection resources are available.

Further to ceasing collection, previously collected GP practice code field data will be removed from PICANet web as it is not necessary or utilised.

PICANet Annual Report 2021

We are pleased to announce that the PICANet Annual Report 2021 is now published.

This can be downloaded from our Annual Reporting and Publications page.

The PICANet Annual Report includes the Tables and Figures, Appendices and Supplementary Special Chapters:

  1. COVID-19 and PIMS-TS in PICU
  2. COVID-19 Staffing Survey
  3. Diabetic ketoacidosis in English PICUs: the impact of COVID-19

New for the 2021 Annual Report, is an infographic to highlight some of key findings.