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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).

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 critical care conditions treated and services available at Northern Light Health:
  • 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