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Pediatric Intensive Care

Treatment for Patients with Life-Threatening Conditions

Three physicians escort a patient from a medical helicoptor

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 assist the staff of pediatric intensivists, critical care nurses and critical care respiratory therapists in providing quality critical care. 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.

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Each patient room is designed to allow medical staff complete access to the child, allowing many procedures to occur at bedside. Updated ceiling mounted surgical lights and boom arms that provide patients oxygen and medical gas are available in every patient room.

In the PICU, patients receive comprehensive care, including management of single and multi-organ system failure, trauma, general and subspecialty post-surgical care, advanced ventilator 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.

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