A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is where we care for the most seriously ill children. It is different from the general pediatric unit in that there is a more focused level of nursing care (RN only) to closely monitor bodily functions and conditions such as breathing, heart rate, & neurological signs. Furthermore, the doctors may choose to use interventions not typically used in general pediatric care such as certain surgical procedures, medications and ventilators (breathing machines).
Length of stay in the PICU varies greatly and depends on the course and severity of illness or injury. Once stable, children are transferred to a general pediatric unit room.
We have 2 dedicated pediatric intensive care rooms and 6 additional rooms that are equipped to provide the appropriate environment for pediatric critical care. We provide critical care for children ranging in age from infancy through adolescence. We have a team of pediatric critical-care trained providers including an intensivist, pulmonologist, hospitalists, a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, anesthesiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists.