Perth Children's Hospital Senior Dietitian Tamara Farrell using new indirect calorimetry device

Tailored nutrition improves recovery for kids in critical care.

Tailored nutrition improves recovery for kids in critical care.

Meet two-year-old Hailey, an incredible little fighter who was first admitted to Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) over three months ago with severe burns.

As a result of her burns, Hailey suffered a brain injury, and the possibility of her regaining movement was initially thought to be slim.

Hailey spent 10 weeks in the Paediatric Critical Care unit, and during this time, she was one of the very first patients to benefit from PCH’s new Indirect Calorimetry device (IC).

Throughout Hailey’s critical care admission, the IC device was used to precisely measure her energy needs so that PCH dietitians could create a highly tailored nutrition plan for Hailey, assisting in her recovery.

Hailey’s dad, Justin, describes her progress as ‘absolutely mind-blowing’. He said: “When Hailey was first admitted, her weight began dropping. I believe maintaining her weight with the help of the IC played a large part in helping her regain strength and make such a strong recovery.”

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The purchase of the IC device was made possible thanks to WA stockbroking and wealth management firm, Euroz Hartleys, who raised funds for PCHF during their annual Commission for a Cause event earlier this year.

PCH Senior Dietitian Tamara Farrell said: “PCH is one of the first paediatric ICUs across Australia and New Zealand to use this highly specialised equipment.

“The IC allowed us to regularly and accurately adapt Hailey’s feeding plan based on ever-changing circumstances.

“Having the ability to accurately determine nutritional requirements and maintain Hailey’s weight and nutritional status throughout her lengthy admission means she is better prepared for the rehabilitation journey ahead.”

Hailey has now been discharged from PCH, and although she is continuing to undergo rehabilitation, she has made remarkable improvements, regaining around 70% of her movement. 

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