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The state of paediatric intensive care retrieval in Britain
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    Stand alone vs integrated PIC retrieval. Is is true that a large integrated service can't deliver 24/7?
    • Sara Hanna, Consultant
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      • Marilyn McDougall, Shelley Riphagen, Ian Murdoch

    Ramnarayan and Polke describe how far paediatric intensive care (PIC) retrieval has come over the last few decades but also raise concerns, quite rightly, over sustainability and cost(1). The authors go on to suggest that a stand alone service is best placed to provide a regional service, available 24/7, something that an integrated service with high demand could only provide 'ad hoc'. The South Thames Retrieval Service...

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    PICU Retrieval and sustainable staffing

    Dr Ramnarayan is to be commended for his review of the state of paediatric intensive care retrieval(1) in the UK. I would share his view that the 'future of the specialty lies in developing a successful model for a sustainable workforce'. Each time a separate regional retrieval service is set up, 5 whole time equivalent consultant posts have to be funded and staffed. This is in addition to the consultant staff required...

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