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.
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"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"
"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"
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
"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."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"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"