Of these admissions:
Every year 5 to 6 children per 100,000 children need admission to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Regionally children are treated in the 2 north-east paediatric Trauma Centres:
(Source Dr Maeve O’Sullivvan, Paediatric Consultant, James Cook University Hospital, October 2015)
Outcome of paediatric acquired brain injury
Research shows that the younger the child at the time of the injury, the greater the possibility of long term difficulties beause:
Common problems after a brain injury show in four areas:
Click below to see the full range of potential problems experienced by children who have experienced a brain injury.
"New parenting support intervention showed how parenting style is related to executive dysfunction in children and young people post brain injury. With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"