RCPCH Report on Standards for Services for Children with Disorders of Sleep Physiology

Standards for Services for Children with Disorders of Sleep Physiology

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have recently coordinated a working party to produce standards for services for children with disorders of sleep physiology.

The report is available as a full report, an executive summary and eight patient leaflets. The reports contain recommendations with evidence levels and have been fully endorsed by the College council.

 

The report makes recommendations in a number of important areas, including:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea and adenotonsillectomy in children, including which high risk children should only have surgery in hospitals with paediatric intensive care facilities.
  • The ascertainment of sleep-related breathing problems in high risk children such as those with Down's syndrome, craniofacial abnormalities, neuromuscular diseases, Prader-Willi syndrome and mucopolysaccharidoses.
  • The assessment and management of infants with Apparent Life Threatening Events.
  • The assessment and management of narcolepsy and other causes of pathological sleepiness in children.
  • The organisation and quality control of services with some structures for peer review of services.

The report and executive summary can be downloaded from the RCPCH web site, together with the lay summaries