Place of death and palliative care following discharge from paediatric intensive care units

Title

Place of death and palliative care following discharge from paediatric intensive care units

Creator

Fraser LK; Miller M; Draper ES; McKinney PA; Parslow RC; Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network

Publisher

Archives Of Disease In Childhood

Date

2011

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; infant; Male; Intensive Care Units; Cohort Studies; adolescent; Preschool; infant; Newborn; Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data; Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data; location of death; Pediatric/statistics & numerical data; child mortality; Great Britain/epidemiology; Home Care Services/statistics & numerical data; Hospice Care/statistics & numerical data; Patient Discharge/statistics & numerical data; Referral and Consultation/statistics & numerical data

Description

OBJECTIVE: To determine where children die following discharge from paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in Great Britain and to investigate if this varies by discharge to palliative care. DESIGN: National cohort of PICU admissions linked to Office of National Statistics death certificate data. SETTING: 31 PICUs in Great Britain. PARTICIPANTS: A cohort of 35 383 children admitted to PICUs between 1 November 2002 until 25 January 2007. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Place of death by palliative care discharge status. RESULTS: 2346 (6.6%) deaths occurred after discharge during the study period, which is more than 10 times the normal child population mortality of 6.0 per 1000. Discharge to palliative care resulted in fewer deaths in hospital (44.1%) (compared to non-palliative care discharges (77.7%)), a greater proportion of deaths were at home (33.3% compared to non-palliative discharges 16.1%) and in a hospice (22.5% compared to non-palliative discharges 5.8%). CONCLUSIONS: Children referred to palliative care services at discharge from PICU are more likely to die in the community (home or hospice) than children not referred to palliative care.

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1195-1198

Issue

12

Volume

96

Citation

Fraser LK; Miller M; Draper ES; McKinney PA; Parslow RC; Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network, “Place of death and palliative care following discharge from paediatric intensive care units,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 6, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11547.

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