Clinical profile of children experiencing in-hospital clinical deterioration requiring transfer to a higher level of care

Claus Sixtus Jensen, Hans Kirkegaard, Hanne Aagaard, Hanne Vebert Olesen

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Abstract

Few studies have described the various reasons for unplanned transfer to a higher level of care due to clinical deterioration and the clinical profile of those paediatric patients. However, an understanding of the nature of illness is important to patient safety. This study aimed to describe the frequency and clinical characteristics of children who experience unplanned transfer to a higher level of care due to clinical deterioration. A retrospective, descriptive registry study design was used. Of the 92 paediatric patients included, 69% (n = 64) was male. The median age was 2.1 years (interquartile range 0.4–6.9) with 33% being infants under 1 year. The highest number (61.3%) of transfers occurred between 8 and 16 hours. In the 24 hours leading up to a transfer due to clinical deterioration, 15 patients had no vital parameters documented, and 77 patients had least one vital parameter measured. Physiological abnormalities were present in 19 (37.7%) of the 77 patients where vital parameters were documented. This study provides essential baseline data to inform further research to improve care and treatment for critically ill children in paediatric wards. This study’s findings suggest reporting of vital parameters is incomplete and infrequent.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Volume23
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)522-533
Number of pages12
ISSN1367-4935
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

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