Children’s intensive care deaths at ‘all time low’

Extract from BBC Health News

Death rates in children’s intensive care units are at an all-time low despite increasing admissions, a report has shown.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network found the death rate was 3.8% in 2012 – despite admissions rising 5% from 18,596 in 2011 to 19,516 in 2012.

But it warned out-of-hours staffing levels were often not being met.

Experts said children should have the best care, whatever time of day or night they were admitted.

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