Table 2

Characteristics of paediatric specialised mobile intensive care units according to the number of paediatric beds in the hospital (n=23)

All centres with paediatric mobile ICU
(n=23)
Paediatric centres <150 beds
(n=10)
Paediatric centres >150 beds
(n=13)
Type of mission
 Prehospital emergency response, n (%)7 (25)0 (0)7 (54)*
 Prehospital care of patients with trauma, n (%)6 (21)0 (0)6 (46)
 Intensive care transport, n (%)23 (82)10 (100)13 (100)
 Maximum age for ICU transport, median (IQR)4 (2–15)2 (2–12)11 (5–15)
Healthcare providers
 Number of dedicated physicians (FTE), median (IQR)3 (2–4)2 (1–3)4 (3–4)*
 Number of dedicated nurses (FTE), median (IQR)4 (1–6)2 (1–6)4 (2–6)
 Number of physicians with 24-hour coverage, median (IQR)10 (8–15)10 (7–11)8 (8–12)
  • Data are expressed as median (25–75 IQR) or n (%).

  • *Significant difference between the two groups (p<0.05).

  • FTE, full time equivalent; ICU, intensive care unit.