Navigation Links
Significant Rise in Proportion of Chronically Ill Children Dying in Intensive Care

The proportion of chronically ill young children dying in intensive care after being admitted to other hospital wards has steadily risen year on year since the end of the 1990s,// reveals a study in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

The researchers analysed the records of one large children’s hospital, to find out where children had died, and of what causes.

The period of analysis spanned seven years from 1997 to 2004 and included all age groups from 0 to 18 years.

During the seven years, 1127 children died, over half of whom (58%) were younger than 12 months.

Congenital malformations, perinatal disease, cardiovascular disorders, and cancers formed the bulk of the causes of death.

There were no major changes to overall admission rates to the hospital or to intensive care over the study period, nor did overall death rates vary.

But the numbers of children dying in intensive care rose from around 80% in 1997 to almost 91% in 2004.

Among children who died in intensive care, the numbers of those who had been admitted from wards within the hospital almost doubled over the same period from just under 15% to 25%.

Children spent almost two weeks elsewhere before admission to intensive care.

Infants with congenital problems or perinatal disease were more than twice as likely to die in intensive care, while older children with cancer were more than six times as likely to die in other hospital wards.

The authors say that guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, published in 1997, specifies what sorts of conditions merit withdrawing of life support or active treatment.

But the rising numbers of children dying in intensive care suggests that it is not being followed and that terminally ill children are still being actively treated.

This might be because the course of acute bouts of illness in children with chronic problems may not always be clear, suggest the authors.

“It is equally possible that parental and societal expectations regarding children’s good health and long life spans prompts them to seek aggressive curative care despite the benefits of such a course being unclear,” they say.

But they conclude that death in intensive care is a highly distressing experience for both the child and parents and that early involvement of a symptom care team could be helpful.


Related medicine news :

1. Inhaled Corticosteroids Found To Have No Significant Effect On COPD
2. A Little Weight Loss Found To Make A Significant Difference In Men
3. New Drug Shows Significant Improvement In HIV-related Heart Condition
4. Patient Negligence - Significant Problem In The Early Detection Of Breast Cancer
5. Kidney Disease, More Significant Risk Factor For Heart Disease Than Obesity
6. Silicone Implants Make No Significant Difference To Breast Cancer Survivors
7. Biomarkers Could Prove Significant In Understanding Aging Process
8. Smoke From Cooking Fuels Cause A Significant Number Of Death Worldwide
9. Increased Nighttime BP, a Significant Predictor of Congestive Heart Failure
10. Significant Advance in Treatment of Breast Cancer Reported
11. Significant role of genetics in drug abuse, Norwegian study
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, ... treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic ... osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin ... companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and ... This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented ... in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the ... Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Las Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing ... Grove, in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased ... and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG ... leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... India , June 24, 2016 ... Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen ... Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, ... by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the ... expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function ... the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep ... in balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: