These paediatric clinical practice guidelines are produced by the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital to guide and facilitate patient care.
Care of the critically ill child
There are two acute transport services in London which specialise in the inter-hospital transfer of critically ill children. The Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS) serves North Thames and Anglia, the South Thames Retrieval Service serves the South Thames.
The transport services deploy a skilled paediatric intensive care team to assist in the treatment of critically ill children, both before and during transfer to ICU. They offer telephone consultation, liaison with sub-specialists, and co-ordinate admissions.
They are happy to offer advice regarding the management of any acutely ill child, but do not assist in non-acute transfers.