ARCHIVIST. Children dying in hospital: too many on ICU?

September 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Sep2007, Vol. 92 Issue 9, p794
Academic Journal
The article focuses on whether terminally ill children with chronic conditions are being admitted and die in intensive care units (ICU) during the final acute phase of their illness in London, England. Based on the paper from the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, a total of 1127 children died in the hospital during a 7-year period, specifically from 1997-2004. It is stated that the chief diagnostic categories of the children were congenital malformations, perinatal conditions, cardiovascular diseases and neoplasm. In details, 86 percent of the death of the children occurred in the ICU with a significant trend of 80 percent deaths on ICU in 1997-1998 and 91 percent in 2003-2004.


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