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Journey from paediatric intensive care to palliative care

Approximately two-thirds of patients who die in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) do so following withdrawal of intensive care treatment. Most often when intensive care treatment is withdrawn, the child remains in the PICU for end-of-life care. This study aimed to examine the process of referral over a 6-year period of children from a PICU to children’s hospices for end-of-life care.