Pediatric Intensive Care

Keeping Families Close to Home

As a Level II Trauma Center, 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 PICU. This can be a comfort to 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, rest assured that, along with your child's physician, the staff will assist you in every way in transferring to the best hospital for your child and family.

The PICU Team

Once your child is admitted to our PICU, he or she becomes the center of a multidisciplinary team effort, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can take comfort in knowing our Pediatric/PICU has some of the most skilled, experienced physicians and caregivers available. Ventilators, EKG monitors, intravenous tubes and the technology of today's intensive care can bewilder and frighten a child and family. For this reason, the medical and nursing staff are supported by an extensive, family-centered team that includes patient-family representatives, social workers, case managers and pastoral care. 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.

Pediatric patients at other regional hospitals who face life-threatening medical conditions that require critical care are often transferred to St. Mary's PICU by Pediatric Transport Team. This highly trained team of physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists utilize self-contained life-support equipment to stabilize, treat and monitor a child throughout transport via ground or helicopter.

Trauma Care

St. Mary's is the area's first and only American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and one of only four pediatric trauma centers in the state of Indiana. We collaborate with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and their medical staff, to help ensure we're providing the best care possible.

The ACS-COT verification designates St. Mary's as the most comprehensive pediatric trauma program in the region.

Thanks to the resources committed to pediatric trauma care, 94% of injured children treated at St. Mary's received all of their care locally at our facility, with referral back to their home community for continued follow up care.

Visiting Hours

There are no set visiting hours for parents of patients in the PICU. However, because this is an intensive care unit we must restrict any additional visitors to members of the child's immediate family over the age of 12. Parents are invited to stay with their child at all times.

Visitors must be accompanied by at least one parent, and we ask that visitors are limited to two at a time. During visiting hours, visitors are invited to use the Family Lounge.

Appropriateness of visits by siblings must be determined in consultation with the primary nurse and must be pre-arranged and supervised. Please remember that, as in the Pediatric Unit, a parent must be present whenever your child has visitors, and that patient information will only be given to parents.

No visitation is allowed during staff shift reports.

There may be times when you see a "NO VISITORS" sign posted outside the unit door. This sign is posted when a child needs extra-special attention because of an emergency. If your child needs special attention, you will be notified as soon as possible.

We will always keep you informed of changes in your child's condition.

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