When children face life-threatening injuries and illnesses, they can count on Children’s Hospital to meet their critical care needs in a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Located on the top floor of the hospital’s West Tower with panoramic views of Greater New Orleans, the 9,456-square-foot PICU features 18 private patient rooms outfitted with cutting-edge technology that will assist the staff of pediatric intensivists, critical care nurses, critical care respiratory therapists, and a multitude of other staff dedicated to providing the best available critical care for the children of Louisiana and the Gulf South. With a family-centered philosophy and focus on continuous quality improvement, the PICU team at Children’s Hospital is committed to each child’s recovery.
Each patient room is designed to allow medical staff complete access to the child, allowing many procedures to occur at bedside. Ceiling mounted surgical lights and boom arms that provide patients oxygen and medical gas have been upgraded from the previously standard wall-mounted design.
Pediatric critical care patients receive comprehensive care, including management of single and multi-organ system failure, trauma, general and subspecialty post-surgical care, advanced ventilatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Parents and families are encouraged to actively participate in their child’s care and are allowed open visitation, including accommodations for one adult to sleep in their child’s room. When parents are not able to be present, they can rest assured that their child will continue to receive the best possible care.