Cohort profile of the Biomarkers of Acute Serious Illness in Children (BASIC) study: A prospective multicentre cohort study in critically ill children

Yael Feinstein, Jennifer Claire Walker, Mark J. Peters, Simon Nadel, Nazima Pathan, Naomi Edmonds, Jethro Herberg, Myrsini Kaforou, Victoria Wright, Michael Levin, Padmanabhan Ramnarayan

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    Purpose Despite significant progress, challenges remain in the management of critically ill children, including early identification of infection and organ failure and robust early risk stratification to predict poor outcome. The Biomarkers of Acute Serious Illness in Children study aims to identify genetic and biological pathways underlying the development of critical illness in infections and organ failure and those leading to poor outcome (death or severe disability) in children requiring emergency intensive care. Participants We recruited a prospective cohort of critically ill children undergoing emergency transport to four paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in Southeast England between April 2014 and December 2016. Findings to date During the study period, 1017 patients were recruited by the regional PICU transport team, and blood and urine samples were obtained at/around first contact with the patient by the transport team. Consent for participation in the study was deferred until after PICU admission and 674 parents/carers were consented. Further samples (blood, urine, stool and throat swabs) were collected after consent. Samples were processed and stored for genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses. Demographic, clinical and laboratory data at first contact, during PICU stay and at discharge, were collected, as were detailed data regarding infectious or non-infectious aetiology. In addition, 115 families have completed 12-month validated follow-up questionnaires to assess quality of life and child behaviour. The first phase of sample analyses (transcriptomic profiling) is currently in progress. Future plans Stored samples will be analysed using genomic, proteomic and metabolic profiling. Advanced bioinformatics techniques will be used to identify biomarkers for early diagnosis of infection, identification of organ failure and risk stratification to predict poor outcome (death/severe disability). Trial registration number NCT03238040.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number024729
    JournalBMJ Open
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018


    • biomarkers
    • children
    • multi-omics
    • retreival

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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