The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a multi-disciplinary unit that specializes in the care of children with life threatening medical conditions and trauma from birth to 18 years old. The unit is staffed by two full-time Pediatric Intensivists and a full-time Pediatric Intensivist / Pediatric Pulmonologist who are board certified. They work closely with a team of highly skilled and trained pediatric critical care nurses, pediatric subspecialists, respiratory therapists, and pediatric pharmacists to provide cutting edge therapies for critically ill or injured patients from newborn to 18 years of age.
The PICU is a 5 bed unit that includes a specialized negative pressure isolation room here more than 300 children are admitted every year. We have the capability to care for children with many different disease processes including but not limited to respiratory failure, severe asthma, severe sepsis, shock, seizures and trauma. The most current therapies in pediatric critical care medicine are used to manage patients including mechanical ventilation, High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation, Peritoneal Dialysis, Plasmapheresis / Leukopheresis, Intracranial pressure monitoring, and Inhaled Heliox.
The Division is involved with the education of pediatric residents and uses a computerized, life-like simulated baby to train residents in the skills and techniques of pediatric resuscitation.