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

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Returning Patients
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At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides diagnosis, treatment, advanced life support, and monitoring for critically ill children with diverse medical and surgical problems.

What You Can Expect at the PICU

Our team consists of highly trained advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, pharmacists, registered dietitians, rehabilitation experts, social workers, and respiratory care staff. Together, we’re able to provide state-of-the-art care in a family-centered intensive care unit that is respectful of patient and family needs.

Nemours experts from any number of relevant subspecialties are available to help with your child’s condition.

Extensive consultation is available with:
  • pediatric rehabilitative services
  • orthopedics
  • stem cell transplantation
  • solid organ transplantation
  • neurology
  • genetics
  • cardiology

We also engage in laboratory, pre-clinical, and clinical trials of evolving therapies to maintain a state-of-the-art approach to critical care.

Our intensivists engage in cooperative academic and clinical relationships with Christiana Care Health System and Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. We also offer a highly regarded Critical Care Fellowship Program.

Building a Healthier Future for Children

Our goal is to create a children's hospital like no other in the region, giving patients and families the promise of even better days to come. We're adding exciting new capabilities through a multi-phase Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion.

Opening 2014, Phase I will support family-centered care with:
  • all single-bed, private rooms
  • advanced technology
  • thoughtful amenities to support patients, families, and caregivers

To enhance the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing of the child, our beautiful new patient care building will include a five-story atrium with natural sunlight, recreation spaces, and surrounding gardens.

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