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During periods of peak activity when Paediatric Intensive Care is operating at, or near, maximum bed occupancy it may be appropriate for adolescent patients requiring critical care to be looked after in the co-located Adult Critical Care Unit in the QEUH. This patient pathway has been designed to improve the safety and quality of the patient journey for those adolescents identified as suitable for, and agreed for transfer between PICU and Adult ICU. It is also to facilitate shared learning in adolescent management across critical care areas in the adult and children’s hospital.
Adult ICU is a closed unit: paediatric patients admitted to ICU from A+E will admit under an adult ICU consultant bed card.
Adult ICU consultants will assume clinical responsibility but with support as required from PICU team for paediatric issues or concerns.
Last reviewed: 01 October 2021
Next review: 31 October 2023
Author(s): Dr Cheryl Gillis, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist
Approved By: PICU Guidelines Group