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Pediatric neurocritical care: a neurology consultation model and implication for education and training.
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PMID:  23419471     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Pediatric neurocritical care is developing specialization within pediatric intensive care and pediatric neurology practice, and the evolving clinical expertise has relevance to training and education in both fields. We describe a model of service using a Neurology Consulting Team in the intensive care unit setting. Medical records were reviewed from a 32-month cohort of Neurology Consulting Team referrals. Six hundred eighty-nine (19%) of 3719 patients admitted to the intensive care unit were assessed by the team. The most common diagnostic categories were seizures, neurosurgical, cerebrovascular, or central nervous system infection. Fifty-seven percent (350 of 615 patients) required mechanical ventilation. Cohort mortality was 7% vs 2% for the general intensive care population (P < 0.01). The team provided 4592 initial and subsequent consultations; on average there were five to six new consultations per week. Each patient had a median of two (interquartile range, 1 to 6) consultations during admission. Three quarters of the cohort required neurodiagnostic investigation (1625 tests), with each patient undergoing a median of two (range, 0 to 3) studies. Taken together, the subset of pediatric intensive care unit patients undergoing neurology consultation, investigation, and management represents a significant practice experience for trainees, which has implications for future curriculum development in both pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric neurology.
Kerri L Larovere; Robert J Graham; Robert C Tasker;
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric neurology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1873-5150     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508183     Medline TA:  Pediatr Neurol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  206-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Electronic address:
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