Pediatric Intensive Care

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is a 28-bed intensive and acute care unit for neonates, infants, children and adolescents who become critically ill or injured. We realize that having a child in the PICU is a scary and emotional time. Our goal is to provide your child with safe, appropriate, comprehensive, individualized, interdisciplinary and patient- and family-centered care in a compassionate and nurturing environment.

Outstanding Care 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Our PICU is staffed by board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric intensive care physicians who provide in-house medical and surgical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They communicate regularly with pediatric subspecialists and primary care physicians regarding coordination of care, discharge and follow-up. Additionally, specially trained critical care nurses provide care for patients of all illness levels.

The PICU at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital offers:

  • Daily multidisciplinary rounds, to which parents are invited to participate in order to learn about their child's treatment plan
  • Evening nurse report with parents at bedside
  • Patient and family advocate for support during hospitalization experience
  • Child life specialist team for developmentally appropriate medical play and distraction interventions
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a lifesaving procedure for patients with severe respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems
  • A dedicated pediatric transport team that is PICU-based and allows the team members to maintain their critical care skills in the field
  • Dedicated pediatric intensive care team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, patient care associates, care coordinators and child life specialists
  • Unrestricted visiting hours for families
  • Conine Clubhouse, a place for families to stay while their children are being cared for at the hospital

Patient Services and Procedures

The following represent unit-specific patient services and procedures provided in PICU:

  • Intensive/acute medical-surgical care
  • Invasive/non-invasive monitoring
  • Invasive/noninvasive diagnostic procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, transesophageal echocardiaogram, polysomnogram, lumbar puncture, electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, pH probe)
  • Moderate sedation
  • Trauma care
  • Cardiac care
  • Cardiac transplant care
  • Nonsurgical placement of central vascular access devices
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Neurosurgical care
  • Neuro-invasive device insertion
  • Craniofacial surgical care
  • Continuous veno-venous/veno-arterial hemofiltration/dialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Heliox therapy
  • Ventilator support
  • Intubation
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Oncological/hematological care
  • Exchange transfusion therapy
  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Ground/air transport

Types of equipment utilized in PICU:

  • Centralized monitoring system
  • Intra-cranial monitoring equipment
  • IV pumps
  • Syringe pumps
  • Blood chemistry/gas measurement machines
  • Non-invasive blood pressure monitoring machines
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Cerebral oximeters
  • End-tidal CO2 monitors
  • Venous oxygen saturation monitors
  • IV fluid warmers
  • Blood-glucose measurement machine
  • Oto/opthalmoscopes
  • Peripheral nerve stimulator
  • Pulse dopplers
  • Mechanical ventilators
  • Continuous veno-venous/veno-arterial hemofiltration/dialysis machine
  • Peritoneal dialysis machine
  • Extra-corporeal membranous oxygenation machine
  • Train-of-four stimulator
  • Neonatal open warmers
  • Neonatal transport systems