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The provision of cardiology services in a non-cardiac paediatric intensive care unit setting
  1. S Thyagarajan,
  2. A Chavan,
  3. A Al-Sabbagh,
  4. S Latifi,
  5. A W Kelsall
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr A W Kelsall, Department of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrookes Hospital, Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, NICU, Box 226, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; wilf.kelsall{at}

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There are 29 paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) within the UK of which 15 are primarily non-cardiac units with no facilities to provide cardiac surgery or intensive care services on-site.1 The standards set by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society in 2001 specify that lead PICUs must have access to paediatric cardiology services within 2 h and have a 24 h on-site cover.2 In neonatal intensive care practice, studies have shown that tele-link facilities are …

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