A career in...
Would you choose a career in paediatric intensive care?
This is an exciting but harrowing specialty
- By: Frances Young, Muhuntha G Gnanalingham
Experience in paediatric intensive care is not readily available to the undergraduate medical student, and it is therefore a speciality shrouded in mystery. The learning opportunities and ethical insight thrown up by this specialty are unique. Would you choose a career in paediatric intensive care?
The typical day in a UK paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) begins with a sit down ward round, with all members of the multidisciplinary team including nursing representatives gathering to receive handover from the night staff. Each patient and a plan of their day are discussed and any issues are raised. Cases are then divided between the trainee doctors. After this, the trainees conduct a morning review of their assigned patients and prepare them for the official ward round where they will be seen by the consultant, and a list of jobs for each patient is generated.
After the walk round the trainees complete the