Childhood Drowning: Are we staying afloat? A study of Admission Data to Starship PICU over the last 15 years
UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Auckland
Drowning is silent, fast and can result in serious long term complications through cerebral anoxia and subsequent ischaemia, and death. Despite the fact that rates of drowning have decreased over the last 10 years it still remains one of the leading causes of accidental injury in children under the age of 14 with children less than 5 being most at risk. This study aims are to; Determine Starship hospital PICU admission rates over the last 15 years, and attempt to identify at risk groups; Determine the level of intervention required during admission (using the need for intubation and ventilation as a surrogate marker for severity); and Compare the PICU data with available community data.
JOURNAL / PUBLICATION
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) admissions for drowning over the last 15 years and compare with community data