J Pediatr Intensive Care 2017; 06(03): 165-175
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1597658
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Defining Significant Events for Neonatal and Pediatric Transport: Results of a Combined Delphi and Consensus Meeting Process

A. C. Gunz
1   Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
J. D. McNally
2   Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada
H. Whyte
3   Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
K. O'Hearn
4   Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada
J. R. Foster
1   Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
5   Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
M. J. Parker
6   Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
7   Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
S. Dhanani
2   Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada
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Further Information

Publication History

09 November 2016

13 April 2016

Publication Date:
28 December 2016 (online)


Objective To develop standardized definitions for a list of indicators that represent significant events during pediatric transport, which were previously identified by a national Delphi study.

Methods We designed a three-phase consensus process that applied Delphi methodology to a combination of electronic questionnaires and a live consensus meeting.

Results Thirty-one pediatric transport experts evaluated a total of 59 indicators. Twenty-four indicators represented events or interventions that did not require definition. One indicator was removed from the list. Definitions for the remaining 34 indicators were developed.

Conclusion This standardized indicator list is intended for application to quality improvement and clinical research initiatives.

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