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A profile of technology-assisted children and young people in north west England

Publication year
2008
Author(s)
Kirk, S.
Pages
18-20
Volume
20
Number
9

AIM: To obtain a profile of children and young people in north west England who needed the ongoing support of medical technology. METHOD: As part of a larger study, 28 community children’s nursing teams in the north west of England were asked to profile the children and young people on their caseloads who needed the ongoing support of medical technology. Twenty-five teams returned data, from which a total of 591 children and young people were identified. RESULTS: The most prevalent technology used was gastrostomy/jejunostomy, which was used by more than two-thirds of the sample. Over a quarter of the children/young people were supported by more than one technology. The majority of the children/young people were seven years old or younger Although most had used the technology for five years or less (71 per cent), there were 164 children/ young people who had been technology-assisted for six or more years. CONCLUSION: Although there are limitations in this study, the data is nevertheless useful for planning future services and support, including identifying the numbers of young people who will be transferring to adult services. A more efficient means of collecting these data would be to systematically record long-term conditions and technology assistance in electronic health records.

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