Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Seriously ill children who require intensive care may be placed in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where we partner with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, because they share our commitment to providing the very best care for children. The 7-bed PICU unit is designed to provide intensive nursing care for our sickest pediatric patients as well as ongoing monitoring of heart rates, blood pressure, and respiration. Intensive therapies can be provided in the PICU as well, including ventilators and specialized medications.
Our PICU has four open unit bed spaces. In addition, the PICU has three isolation rooms that are assigned according to diagnosis.
In the PICU, a specially trained CHLA physician manages the care of critically ill children. This physician, called an intensivist, also stays in close contact with your regular pediatrician to manage the medical treatment of our patients across the continuum of care. This ensures that your child will continue to receive appropriate treatment once they have been discharged from the hospital.
The PICU has a higher nurse to patient ratio than the general pediatric unit of the hospital to ensure constant monitoring and care for the patient; pediatric critical care nurses who have received additional training and certification in caring for seriously ill or injured children. Additionally, many other pediatric sub-specialty physicians, board-certified in their area, work with the medical team of pediatric nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and other specialists to coordinate care for your child.