Quality statement 11: Transfer to intensive care

Quality statement

Children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital are transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital to be transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Process: Proportion of children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital who are transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator who are transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Denominator – the number of children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital.

What the quality statement means for different audiences

Service providers ensure systems are in place for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital to be transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Healthcare professionals ensure children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital are transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Commissioners ensure they commission services for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia requiring transfer to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital to be transferred by a specialist paediatric retrieval team.

Children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning) who need to be transferred to a paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit in another hospital are taken by a team of healthcare professionals that specialises in caring for and transporting seriously ill children (a paediatric retrieval team).

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection. Contained within the baseline assessment for the NICE guideline on meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s.

Definitions

Specialist paediatric retrieval team

A specialist paediatric retrieval team comprises medical and nursing staff with specialist training in the transfer of sick children and young people from hospitals to paediatric intensive care or high dependency units.

[NICE's guideline on meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s, recommendation 1.4.50]