In our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or the PICU, Nemours’ critical care medicine experts evaluate and treat the most critically ill children, those in need of advanced life support and continuous monitoring in the hospital. Our team is capable of treating an emergency situation on a moment’s notice — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re there when your child needs us the most.
Conditions that might require admission to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit:
- acute and chronic respiratory failure
- airway obstruction
- sepsis and septic shock
- circulatory shock
- acute renal (kidney) failure
- liver failure
- diabetic ketoacidosis
- severe electrolyte abnormalities
- heart rhythm problems
- neuromuscular disease
- blood- and cancer-related complications
- solid organ or bone marrow transplant support
- neurological problems
- severe poisoning
Nemours intensivists, who are doctors who specialize in providing care in the intensive care unit, are skilled in a full range of life-supporting techniques, including:
- mechanical ventilation therapies for children who can’t breathe on
- all forms of dialysis and blood filtration processes
- advanced programs including pain management, sedation, and medication withdrawal
- all types of noninvasive and invasive monitoring systems
Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola provides a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for children through our pediatric partner hospital, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.
The close partnership between Sacred Heart and Nemours has not only allowed the clinic to meet the critical care needs of a large and diverse geographic area, but also led to the clinic’s designation as one of the few free-standing regional pediatric trauma referral centers in the state.
The division is also involved in local, regional and national activities, such as child- safety education, the development of pediatric facility standards, pediatric interfacility transport standards, emergency medical services for children and other important topics related to children's health.