University Hospital of Wales Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Guideline Printed on Wed 23-jul-08
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University Hospital of Wales Heath Park
CF14 4XW
02920 747747


Our unit is staffed for 7 beds, with the flexibilty to go up to 9 beds during busy Winter periods. In addition, we provide cover for a seperate high dependency unit in the paediatric department.

We admit around 260 - 300 PICU patients per year, of whom around 80% are ventilated. We retrieve 100 - 140 patients per year from DGHs in South and Mid-Wales, and occasionally from South West England.


There is always 1 nurse per bed. The medical cover is provided by a team of 6 conusltants and 5 registrars.


We have participated in the national Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANET) since it started in late 2003. This allows us to know and compare our standardised mortality ratio (SMR) to other PICUs. Our SMR is 0.6 - 0.65, so well below 1.0, and this compares very well with our peers.

The links below are to our most recent annual report, and to the national PICANET report.

PICU Annual reports

Annual report 2005

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2006

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2007

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2008

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2009

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2010

Annual report 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2011

PICANET annual reports

The most up to date report can be accessed from the PICANET website