COVID-19 - service evaluation and audit on the care needs of children admitted to hospital (England)

NHS England has launched a new service evaluation and audit that aims to provide important up-to-date information to clinicians relating clinical aspects of COVID-19 while also determining the care needs of children admitted to hospital with COVID-19. We encourage members working in England to submit data as needed.

Update - 30 March We understand some clinicians are not able to access the online data collection for this service evaluation and audit from their Trust desktop computer. We recommend you instead use your smartphone or tablet to access the system

If you have any question about this programme, please contact rachel.harwood@liverpool.ac.uk and i.sinha@liverpool.ac.uk.

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COVID-19 is responsible for the global pandemic currently sweeping across the world. As a new virus there is little known about the impact that it has on children, the course of the disease and which children are at higher risk of respiratory failure and death.

It is possible that COVID-19 causes more severe disease in children with significant co-morbidities including long term respiratory conditions, immunocompromise, congenital heart disease and arrythmias or neuromuscular conditions. In addition, there may be early predictors of severity that have not yet been recognised and therapeutic strategies that are more effective than others. 

This service evaluation and audit aims to provide important up-to-date information to clinicians relating clinical aspects of COVID-19 while also determining the care needs of children admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

Being able to respond to these data that will emerge as the pandemic progresses will help clinicians to plan for the service requirements of these patients, particularly the need for intensive care support.

The study collects data in two parts. The first part collects baseline data on all children suspected of having COVID-19 and requiring admission to hospital, or whilst an inpatient (Part 1). If COVID-19 is confirmed then clinical details are collected on a daily basis to determine the course of disease, therapeutic strategies used and level of care required (Part 2).

The data collected will complement the data on incidence of COVID-19 which is being collected by Public Health England and the UK-Clinical Characterisation Protocol (CCP), but intends to provide real-time information to clinicians so that they feel armoured with the most up-to-date information when managing the care of these patients.

You can download below the protocol and a letter from Simon Kenny, National Clinical Director for Children and Young People, NHS England and Russell Viner, RCPCH President.

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