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Do paediatric high dependency units in district general hospitals improve patient care? A local review of children presenting with seizures
  1. Sam Behjati1,
  2. Katharine Jamieson1,
  3. Mary Montgomery2,3,
  4. Neeta Patel1,
  5. Mervyn Jaswon1
  1. 1The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Children's Acute Transport Service, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mervyn Jaswon, The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF, UK; mervyn.jaswon{at}

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Following centralisation of paediatric intensive care, paediatric high dependency units (PHDUs) have been set up in some district general hospitals (DGHs) across the UK as recommended by the Department of Health.1 2 While children with a variety of acute illnesses are managed in PHDUs, their impact on health outcomes such as quality and cost of care remains unknown.2 3

Based on our experience, PHDUs may improve the care of children with an underlying diagnosis of epilepsy who present with seizures. Some of these children require a period of ventilation for airway management, support of …

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  • Competing interests SB is a section editor of the Education and Practice edition of this journal. All other authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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