A set of definitions for distinguishing the severity of bleeding in critically ill children has been developed by a team led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The criteria, when generally adopted, will allow critical care pediatric specialists around the world to describe bleeding in children using standardized terminology. That, in turn, should facilitate the study of potential treatments for bleeding, such as blood components and non-blood-based products.
The researchers described their proposed criteria, Bleeding Assessment Scale in critically Ill Children (BASIC), along with its rationale and an initial clinical validation, in a paper published on Sept. 25 in Critical Care Medicine.
“I think that establishing a common set of terms is a necessary first step in being able to study the best ways to treat bleeding in critically ill children,” said lead author Dr. Marianne Nellis, the John D. & Lili R. Bussel, M.D. Assistant Professor in Pediatric Hematology at Weill Cornell Medicine and a pediatric intensivist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.