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RMCH ‘CHiPs’ in to help critically ill children

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is taking part in a research study looking at the control of blood sugar levels in critically ill children. The Control of Hyperglycaemia in Paediatric Intensive Care (CHiP) began in 2008 and is due to be completed at the end of the August. Along with ten other hospitals, RMCH is exploring whether the tight control of blood sugar levels can speed up recovery time.  Our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit has just achieved the accolade of being the highest recruiter for a non-cardiac site.

Research Nurse Maria MacDonald said: "This is a great achievement because cardiac surgery is planned therefore it is easier to approach patients and their parents and carers to take part in the trial prior to admission."

A child is chosen for this study because they have developed a serious illness and need the support of a ventilator and medication to support their blood pressure. After consent has been given, half the children receive 'tight control' where they are treated with insulin if the blood sugar reading reaches seven and the other half receive the usual treatment where they receive insulin if their blood sugar reading reaches 12.

Maria added: "We are very pleased with our involvement in the study as we have kept the momentum going despite moving hospitals and undergoing a change in staff."

 

Notes to Editors:

  • Hyperglycaemia occurs when there is a higher than normal level of glucose (sugar) in the blood
  • Levels of glucose can vary within children so