Indigenous children seven times more likely to be in intensive care from infections

Infections including sepsis and pneumonia the most common reason for admission of Indigenous children to intensive care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are more than seven times more likely than their non-Indigenous peers to be admitted to intensive care suffering from life-threatening infections caused by a common bacteria, research published on Monday has found.

Researchers led by associate professor Luregn Schlapbach from the paediatric critical care group at the University of Queensland’s Mater Research Institute analysed data from 82,750 children aged 16 or under admitted to intensive care around the country between 2002 and 2013. This cohort included 4,864 Indigenous children.

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