Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides evidence-based critical care to all children from the newborn (neonatal) period through their 22nd birthdays in a family-centered care setting. Evidence-based means that our clinical decisions are based on a combination of clinical experience, patient and family preferences, and the best results (evidence) from research.
The PICU is staffed 24/7 with physicians and nurses who specialize in taking care of children. A multidisciplinary team consisting of board-certified pediatric critical care physicians, subspecialists, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, child life therapists, and discharge planners work together to develop a comprehensive plan of care that meets the unique needs of each child and family.
Because our PICU is part of both a state-designated children’s hospital and a state-designated trauma center, patients receive the best, most advanced care possible. We are always mindful that we are treating children and their families, and all care is geared to providing high-quality care while minimizing stress as much as possible.
Each child who is admitted to the PICU is seen by a physician who has specialty training in pediatrics and who subsequently received additional subspecialty training in pediatric critical care medicine. This type of doctor is known as an intensivist. The intensivist may be the primary manager of your child’s care or may work in concert with other physician specialists, e.g. a neurosurgeon. In either case, the intensivist’s role is to coordinate the care of the many physicians and other specialists who may be involved in your child’s care. The intensivist is available in the HackensackUMC PICU 24/7.
Our intensivists work with a highly trained group of nurses who have chosen to make intensive care their specialty. These are nurses who after graduation have undergone additional training in providing the many specialized services offered in a PICU. Admission to the PICU allows for more intensive nursing care and monitoring at the bedside. This allows your nurse to frequently re-evaluate your child’s condition and if there are any changes bring them to the attention of the treating physicians.
We are fortunate to have professionals from many disciplines such as respiratory therapy, child life, pharmacy, nutrition, social services and others working closely together as part of an integrated team designed to bring your child back to health as quickly as possible.
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