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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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