To develop a pragmatic method of identifying long-stay patients (LSPs) in the PICU.
We surveyed 40 expert stakeholders in 14 Canadian PICUs between February 2015 and March 2015 to identify key factors to use for defining LSPs in the PICU. We then describe a pragmatic method using these factors to analyze 523 admissions to an academic, tertiary-care PICU from February 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016.
We present a pragmatic method for the retrospective identification of LSPs in the PICU that incorporates unit- and/or patient-specific characteristics. The next steps would be to validate this method using other patient and/or unit characteristics in different PICUs and over time.
Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute