Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Keeping Families Close to Home
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff works closely with Trauma Services and Lifeflight to ensure continuity of care from the emergency room to the Pediatric/PICU. This comforts parents because it means, most likely, your child will be treated close to home and family rather than being transferred to an out-of-town hospital. If your child needs further advanced care, be assured along with your physician, the staff will assist you in every way in transferring to the best hospital for your child and family.
Skilled Physicians and Staff
When your child is ill, you can take comfort in knowing our Pediatric/PICU has some of the most skilled, experienced physicians and caregivers available. Feel free to ask the nurses and other members of your child’s team any questions you may have. We make every effort to provide the answers to help you understand and be involved in the care of your child.
Many pediatric patients at other regional hospitals who face life-threatening medical conditions requiring critical care are transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children PICU by mobile unit or LifeFlight. This highly trained team of physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists utilize self-contained life-support equipment to stabilize, treat and monitor a child upon contact at the referring facility and throughout transport via ground or helicopter. In addition, occupational and physical therapists if needed, will provide specialized intensive and compassionate care to our pediatric patients.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Whether a patient is admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children’s PICU under the care of a personal physician, a staff physician or through an outlying regional hospital, the child becomes the center of a multidisciplinary team effort, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ventilators, EKG monitors, intravenous tubes and the technology of today’s intensive care can bewilder and frighten a child and family. For this reason, to address virtually every patient and family concerns and needs, the medical and nursing staff are supported by an extensive family centered team that include patient-family representatives, social workers, case managers and pastoral care.