The ODN team bring together a regional network of providers of care for critically ill and injured children who work together and with commissioners of services to improve the safety and quality of care. The ODN also supports through development of regional guidelines, education and sharing best practice.
Children needing intermediate or advanced critical care may need to be transferred by a specialist paediatric transport service to a PICU. Some children may spend a short period of time in an Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) or theatre recovery area being stabilised whilst waiting for the Specialist Paediatric Transport Service to arrive. The transport team will also provide an advice service to local hospitals regarding paediatric critical care.
There are 3 main levels of paediatric critical care
Paediatric critical care describes the care of sick children who need an enhanced level of observation, monitoring or intervention which cannot safely be delivered in general paediatric wards. This care may be delivered in a within a ward or in a separate area within the hospital.