The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a special area for the care of seriously ill or injured children, from birth to 18 years of age. The unit's full-time pediatric critical care physicians and specially trained nurses, in conjunction with the pediatric specialists on staff at the hospital, provide expert care to more than 800 critically ill and injured children each year.
A self-contained nine-bed unit, the PICU provides the most advanced treatments available with a family centered focus. Children and teens in the PICU also benefit from age-appropriate activities adapted to their abilities, along with support and assistance provided by Child Life specialists.
The PICU is staffed, equipped and designed to provide the highest level of treatment possible. When critically ill patients at area hospitals require a higher level of care, the PICU transport team facilitates their safe transfer to Lutheran General Children's Hospital. More than 250 children from many regional institutions are transferred each year to our PICU, where they receive the care only a premier children's hospital can provide.
The PICU's extensive capabilities include:
- Sophisticated hemodynamic monitoring
- Conventional ventilation modalities
- High-frequency jet and oscillatory ventilation
- Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
- Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)