The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for infants, children and adolescents who become critically ill or injured.
Critical illness or injury occurs when impending or existing failure of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous or gastrointestinal systems threatens or impairs the balance of oxygen and substrate supply and demand. Unless this state is prevented or reversed promptly, cells of the body will sustain injury or die.
The many physicians, nurses and allied medical care professionals who work in the unit have the knowledge, skill and judgment to quickly assess and treat patients so these children can achieve the best outcomes possible from critical illness or injury.
Equipped with advanced technology, our team improves survival, speeds recovery, minimizes disability and relieves pain and suffering in a humane and respectful manner.
Admissions to the PICU are regulated by the medical director of the PICU, or the staff critical care physician on duty. Patients may be admitted to the PICU with Dr. Helfaer or another critical care physician as the attending physician, or to the service of any staff pediatrician or surgeon with the critical care physician acting as a cooperating physician. A critical care physician is available 24 hours a day for consultation on the care of critically ill children. When referral to the PICU is appropriate, the critical care staff will make arrangements to transport the child to the PICU.