Mar 25, 2006

The influence of chronic health conditions on susceptibility to severe acute illness of children treated in PICU

European Journal of Pediatrics
Julije MestrovicVjekoslav Krzelj


Our study aimed to assess differences in the susceptibility to severe acute illness in children with and without chronic health conditions treated in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Data on age, gender, need for ventilator support, length of stay, as well as other parameters for the Paediatric Index of Mortality (PIM2) score were collected. Data were analyzed and compared across three patient groups: those with a neurodevelopmental disability, those with a chronic condition other than a neurodevelopmental disability, and those with no chronic condition. Reasons for admission of patients were classified according to the Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care Registry (ANZPIC Registry) diagnostic codes. In the multidisciplinary, seven-bed, level I PICU of the Split University Hospital, the admission data were collected prospectively for 591 consecutively admitted patients aged<or=18 years. Patients with a neurodevelopmental disability had a significantly higher rate of respiratory-related admissions compared to patients with other chronic health conditions and those with no chronic condition (chi2=33.72, P<0.001). There was a significant difference in the age at admission (f=6.04, P=0.003), median length of s...Continue Reading

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Voluntary Admission
Chronic Disease
Severity of Illness Index
Hospital Mortality
Pediatric Discipline
Acute Disease
Child Development Disorders, Specific

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