• An audit of first afebrile seizure management in an Irish tertiary pediatric setting.

      Boyle, Michael; Chukwu, Joseph; Boyle, Mary; Connolly, Ann; Webb, David; Department of Paediatric Neurology, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland, mijkboyle@yahoo.com. (2013-11-01)
      The objective of this study was to compare the first afebrile seizure management with internationally recognized standards in an Irish tertiary pediatric setting. Twenty-one management standards were derived from a combination of British (NICE 2004) and North American (AAN 2003) guidelines. Cases of first afebrile seizure presenting to a pediatric emergency department between July 2007 and June 2010 were assessed against the standards. On completion, the standards developed were presented to the relevant stakeholders, a nurse-developed parental advice sheet was introduced, and a re-audit was performed from July 2010 to June 2011. Forty children were identified in the initial audit period (A1) and 41 over the re-audit (A2). No case achieved full compliance with the devised standards in the audit period. A median compliance score of 15 (range 5-20) was achieved in A1 and 17 (range 11-21) in A2 [mean rank 31.93 versus 49.85; p(1,1) < 0.0001]. Optimal compliance (total score of ≥17) with devised standards was achieved in 6/40 patients in A1 and in 21/41 patients in A2 [χ (2) = 11.95; p(1,1) = 0.001]. Conclusion: We demonstrated an initial lack of compliance with international guidelines on management of a common medical presentation, first afebrile seizure, and demonstrated that improvements can be achieved by identification of appropriate standards and critical appraisal of the compliance with these standards through both formal and informal education.
    • National Survey Of The Aetiological Assessment Service Of Permanent Childhood Hearing Loss In Ireland

      Balfe, J; Van Der Spek, N; Waldron, D (Irish Medical Journal, 2018-09)
      Best practice indicates that all children who are identified with permanent childhood hearing loss (PCHL) should have access to prompt paediatric assessment to determine the need for aetiological investigations[i]. Early paediatric assessment allows the identification and management of potentially treatable causes e.g. congenital CMV (cCMV) infection and provides an opportunity to prevent or reduce disability. It also allows the identification of associated co-morbidities including potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias. The role of the paediatrician also includes liaison with agencies including tertiary specialist services, education, disability services and other community based organisations