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"
"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"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"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"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."