Physicians: Costa Dimitriades, MD, Medical Director Amy Creel, MD Bonnie C. Desselle, MD Janet Rossi, MD
When the children of Louisiana and the northern Gulf Coast face life-threatening injuries and illnesses, they can count on Childrenís Hospitalís state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet their critical care needs. Located on the top floor of the hospitalís west tower, the 9,456-square-foot PICU features 18 private patient rooms outfitted with cutting-edge technology that will assist the staff of four specialists and more than 30 nurses and residents in instantly providing the best available critical care for the children of the Gulf South and an avant-garde medical philosophy including stunning panoramic views of Greater New Orleans that will assist in each childís recovery.
Each patient room is designed to allow medical staff to perform almost any procedure 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, allowing medical professionals 360-degree access to the child.
Patients receive care for a full spectrum of diseases and therapies, as well as postoperative heart and renal surgeries. The unit can also provide all ventilatory support, including ECMO.
One parent is allowed to stay in their childís room at all times except during twice daily rounds. Each room has an oversized club chair that converts into a twin bed so a parent can stay overnight to calm their child when needed.
Since 2005, the PICU has averaged more than 650 admits a year. The unit had 691 admits last year, with patients staying an average of 7.4 days.
Costa Dimitriades, MD Pediatric Critical Care, Director of PICU, Children's Hospital Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Sciences Center
Professional School: LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Specialty Training: LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Special Interests: Quality improvement, resuscitation education
In Area Since: 2005 In Practice Since: 2005
Bonnie Desselle, MD Pediatric Critical Care, Children's Hospital Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director Residency Training, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Professional School: LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Specialty Training: LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Special Interests: Critical care, medical education
In Area Since: 1995 In Practice Since: 1995
Amy Creel, MD
Professional School: University School of Medicine, MS Specialty Training: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Janet Rossi, MD
Professional School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine Specialty Training: Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago