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Inappropriate treatment of status epilepticus

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A review of admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London (

) has led to the conclusion that only one in six children admitted to the ICU with status epilepticus (SE) was treated appropriately before arrival in the emergency department.

During a 3-year period, 1 April 1998 to 31 March 2001, there were 2285 admissions to the ICU, 98 (4.3%) with SE. The 98 episodes occurred in 91 children aged between 1 month and 12 years (median …

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