Objectives: To develop a consensus framework that can guide the process of classifying and reviewing pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest in the PICU.
Design: A three-round electronic Delphi consensus study with an additional in-person session with pediatric resuscitation experts. The modified electronic Delphi consisted of survey questions sent to the expert panel with the goals of (1) achieving consensus on definitions of avoidable, potentially avoidable, and unavoidable PICU in-hospital cardiac arrest and (2) achieving consensus and ranking of a list of factors that contribute to potentially avoidable PICU in-hospital cardiac arrest.
Setting: Electronic surveys of resuscitation experts including pediatric critical care, cardiac critical care, emergency medicine, and hospital medicine physicians, nurses, advance practice nurses, and resuscitation researchers.
Patients: Not applicable.
Interventions: Not applicable.
Measurements and main results: Over three rounds of an electronic Delphi, 24 resuscitation experts participated. In Round 1, consensus was reached for the definitions of potentially avoidable and unavoidable cardiac arrest. Consensus was not reached for avoidable cardiac arrest. In Round 2, the expert panel agreed with seven factors from the literature and achieved consensus on an additional seven factors. Consensus was achieved on the modified definition of avoidable cardiac arrest. In Round 3, participants were asked to rank the contributing factors in order of their importance. For the in-person session, the consensus definitions and contributing factors from the modified electronic Delphi were presented to a multidisciplinary group of pediatric resuscitation experts and reached consensus for all three definitions.
Conclusions: A multidisciplinary group of pediatric resuscitation experts generated a consensus-based framework to classify and review pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest in the PICU. Future work will focus on the application of this framework and further validation of these definitions and contributing factors for in-hospital cardiac arrest both within and outside the PICU.