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.
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
"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"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
"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"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is prove to bring health improvements; improve independence; a decline in the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."