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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Helpful Resources
  • CaringBridge: Visit this free site, offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: Experience a safe, affordable, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized.

At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., 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, preclinical 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.

ECMO Referral & Transport

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is the only hospital in the region with an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) transport program. We provide extracorporeal life support services for critically ill newborns, babies, kids and teens. In a unique arrangement, Nemours physicians can see children for ECMO evaluation on-site at the referring hospital — a helpful option when the patient is unstable and may be at high risk for complications during transport. Pending evaluation, the Nemours ECMO transport team can place an unstable patient on ECMO at the referring hospital and then transport the child to duPont Hospital for Children in a stabilized condition for as long as needed.

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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.

Recently completed in 2014, Phase I supports 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 newly expanded hospital includes a five-story atrium with natural sunlight, recreation spaces and surrounding gardens.

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