Administrator for Operational Delivery Networks
The ODNs work with the national Clinical Reference Group Chairs, Regional Programme of Care Leads, local hub level Specialised Commissioning teams, NHS England, CCGs, Health Education England and Public Health England to deliver programmes of work to achieve better outcomes for each patient group
Critically ill and critically injured children may present in Emergency Departments (ED), Children’s Assessment Services (CAS) or become critically ill whilst in in-patient (IP) children’s services. Those needing an enhanced level of observation, monitoring or intervention will need to be taken to a Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU).
Three levels of critical care are recognised in which Levels 1 and 2 map to high dependency care and Level 3 relates to intensive care. In the Paediatric Critical Care (PCC) Levels 1, 2 and 3 paediatric critical care are also known as follows: Level 1 (L1) critical care: Basic Critical Care Level 2 (L2) critical care: Intermediate Critical Care Level 3 (L3) critical care: Advanced Critical Care Children needing intermediate or advanced critical care may need to be transferred by a Specialist Paediatric Transport Service. Within our region we have close links with SORT (Southampton and Oxford Retrieval Team). Anaesthetists and / or intensivists are crucial to the resuscitation and stabilisation of critically ill children and may be involved in the provision of ongoing paediatric critical care. Some children may spend a short period of time in a General (Adult) Intensive Care Unit (GICU) while waiting for the Specialist Paediatric Transport Service or because their condition is expected to improve quickly. These services should be working together within a Paediatric Critical Care Operational Delivery Network.
The aims of the networks are:
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