Mugadami A.M. 1, Baccush M. M. 2, Oommen S 2.
1-Department of Paediatric, Al — Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya. 2-Department of Family & Community Medicine, Al — Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya.
Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 17, No. 1-2. January/July l994:.43 49
A total of 465 critically ill children were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Paediatric Hospital, Tripoli, from November 1990 to October 1991 . Retrospective analysis showed that among the 254 survivors (55.6%) who were discharged or transferred, respiratory infections occurred in 44 children (17.32%), neurological disorders in 28(11.02%) G.1.T. infections in 22(8.66%) and haemopoetic diseases in 23 children (9.05%). Most of the diseases and conditions were more commonly seen in children from below 1 year to 4 years of age and gradually declined with increasing age. Females were affected by these conditions in comparison to males. The annual mortality was 211(45.4%) and mainly during infancy 155 (73.4%). Majority of cases, 56 (26.54%), died of septicaemia and an equal number died of G.1. T. Infections (dehydration).
For further studies, a paediatric scoring system (P.S.S.) is required for comparing the activities and effectiveness of various Intensive Care Units in developing countries, and to have better management and outcome of critically ill children.
Keywords: A Study on Activities of Intensive Care Unit of Paediatric Hospita , Tripoi (Libya)