PICULiber8: Efficient Recovery for Healthier Children

By Andrew Tomayer, CPDSN Data Analyst, CAPHC

The evolution of technology over the course of human history is one factor that has led to improvements in paediatric intensive care and to the benefit of children through a lower risk of mortality. This lower risk of mortality, which will be presented by the PICULiber8 team on a webinar on February 21, 2018, subsequently leads to a greater volume of survivors. However, an aspect of the declining mortality and greater likelihood of survival from a PICU are more paediatric patients presenting with comorbidities such as weakness, delirium and various others.

The reported number of children experiencing a PICU stay is also on the rise, increasing by about 9% from 2012 to 2016 along with an 11% increase in the length of stay in the PICU. This translates to over 900 more patients and over 5000 additional days of intensive care[1]. This does not consider the thousands more children requiring a stay in other types of special-care units such as multi-type ICU beds and NICUs. This increasing need for PICU services and their associated morbidity prompted Dr. Karen Choong and her team at the McMaster Children’s Hospital to adopt an innovative 8-part bundle designed to prevent specific PICU-acquired morbidities and improve the quality of survival within and beyond the PICU.

The PICULiber8 recovery modules focus on the child not just surviving the incident that led to the PICU stay, but also optimizing their recovery. Through attention on the child’s well-being, with the involvement of the parent, PICULiber8 will create more efficient care and help the kid be a kid again.

To learn more about the PICULiber8 modules, check out their video at:  https://vimeo.com/232478248

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday February 21, 2018, 11:00-12:00 EST to learn more about PICULiber8:

PICULiber8: the ABCs of Recovery

Presenters: Dr. Karen Choong, Dr. Cynthia Cupido, Filomena Tavares and Ashley Todt of McMaster Children’s Hospital


  1. These values are based on data from the Discharge Abstract Database provided by CIHI. The analyses, conclusions, opinions and statement expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of CIHI.