Please note this section is intended for medical professionals who look after critically ill children.
If you are a parent or carer please be assured that serious illness as a result of COVID 19 still appears to be a very rare event in children. If your child is unwell then please seek medical attention in the usual way as set out in guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
PICANet Report on COVID-19 confirmed cases admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care
PICANet first published a report on the 23rd June 2020 relating to children with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis treated in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) within the UK. This report was subsequently updated and re-published 12th of November 2020 and now again 8th July 2021.
COVID-19 real time reporting via PICANet
PICANet have been asked by PICS and the NHS to develop a system of real time reporting of clinically suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within paediatric intensive care units. This data will assist with ongoing central monitoring of numbers of cases nationally and if numbers allow for anonymous reporting, PICANet will also publish regular reports summarising the patient characteristics, treatment received and outcomes of confirmed cases within PICUs.
COVID-19 Customised Data Collection
In order to further support understanding of the disease and better describe its presentation and treatment provided within paediatric intensive care units, PICANet have been working with members of the Clinical Advisory Group and PICS to develop a COVID-19 customised data collection (including children admitted with paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 (PIMS-TS)). The additional data items include details about testing for COVID-19, symptoms, coinfection, laboratory markers, echocardiogram findings and medication used.
Recording of COVID-19 and PIMS-TS for transport events
For details of how to record COVID-19 and PIMS-TS for transport events please see the guidance note here.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the PICANet Team via email email@example.com