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Intensive care for children

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:412
  1. J Palmer,
  2. B L Taylor,
  3. G B Smith,
  4. P Fulbrook
  1. Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth P06 3LY University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth.

    EDITOR, - We support the call for improved national paediatric intensive care services1 and the principles outlined in the British Paediatric Association's document2; however, the method of achieving this should not be oversimplified. As Shann observes, a substantial number of children receieve no intensive care,3 emphasising the failure of many to appreciate the benefits of early referral to intensive care units. Increasing the number of paediatric intensive care beds will not resolve this issue unless an increase is linked to …

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