Differences in access to Emergency Paediatric Intensive Care and care during Transport
Ruth Evans, Elizabeth S Draper, Sarah E Seaton, Jo Wray, Stephen Morris, Christina Pagel; DEPICT Study Investigators
Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
Following centralisation of UK paediatric intensive care, specialist retrieval teams were established who travel to general hospitals to stabilise and transport sick children to regional paediatric intensive care units (PICUs). There is national variation among these PICU retrieval teams (PICRTs) in terms of how quickly they reach the patient’s bedside and in the care provided during transport. The impact of these variations on clinical outcomes and the experience of stakeholders (patients, families and healthcare staff) is however unknown. The primary objective of this study is to address this evidence gap.