Key PointsQuestionWhat has been the early experience of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs)? FindingsIn this cross-sectional study of 46 North American PICUs, between March 14 and April 3, 2020, 48 children were admitted to 14 PICUs in the US and none in Canada. A total of 40 children (83%) had preexisting underlying medical conditions, 35 (73%) presented with respiratory symptoms, and 18 (38%) required invasive ventilation, and the hospital mortality rate was 4.2%. MeaningThis early study shows that COVID-19 can result in a significant disease burden in children but confirms that severe illness is less frequent, and early hospital outcomes in children are better than in adults.
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 11, 2020