Pediatric Critical Care (PICU)

If your child has an illness or injury that results in an unstable or critical condition, a hospital-based pediatric critical care specialist can be called on to provide the special care that your infant, child, or adolescent needs.

Our pediatric critical care specialist, also called a pediatric intensivist, care for critically ill children who originate at any of numerous smaller hospitals around the state. Children who are critically ill generally require meticulous monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

Some of the common conditions that we treat with pediatric hospital care include:

  • Respiratory Illnesses (Asthma, Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia)

  • Hyperbilirubinemia

  • Infant Fever

  • Abscesses/Cellulitis

  • Gastroenteritis/Dehydration

  • Diabetes

  • Seizure Disorders

  • Failure to Thrive/Poor Weight Gain

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Our pediatric intensivists may provide any number of highly specialized interventions to deal with the consequences of severe illness or injury. These include:

  • Diagnosis of children who have unstable or life-threatening conditions, including those with previously undiagnosed diseases

  • Thorough monitoring, medication, and treatment of children in the Pediatric ICU (PICU)

  • Supervision of children on ventilators (“breathing machines”)

  • Medical treatment for children with severe heart and lung disease

  • Placement of special catheters in the blood vessels and heart

  • Management of medications and treatments for children with brain trauma

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Our pediatric intensivists coordinate their care with a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and other pediatric health care specialists. They use specialized medicines and/or treatments, many of which can only be offered in a PICU.

  • Pediatric surgeons

  • Pediatric oncologists

  • Pediatric neurologists

  • Pediatric cardiologists

  • Pediatric orthopedists

  • Trauma surgeons

  • Pediatric infectious disease specialists

  • Neurosurgeons

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