Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

child in intensive care

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.

 
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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
  • trauma

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
    their own
  • 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