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