Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art coordinated care for all critically ill children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.
The PICU is an 18-bed medical/surgical ICU staffed by board-certified pediatric intensivists providing 24-hour medical coverage. Admissions to the PICU comprise approximately 50% medical and 50% surgical admission, averaging 800 admissions per year. The patients range in age from newborn to 21 years of age.
Admission to the Pediatric ICU is based on specific criteria including:
- patients requiring maximum observation
- support of vital functions
- therapy of reversible life threatening conditions.
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine provides consultation services including the placement of central venous lines and sedation/analgesia for children with burns and other injuries that require specialized therapeutic intervention.
A highly skilled pediatric transport team is available 24 hours a day to transport critically ill pediatric patients to CHKD in specially equipped mobile intensive care transport units. If necessary, the Nightingale air ambulance is dispatched for emergency situations.