Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Intensive Care Around the Clock
For the most critically ill and injured children, The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart provides the region’s only dedicated 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for around the clock care when you need it most. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate care in a family-friendly environment by using the latest technology and treatment techniques.
Our Intensive Care Team
Our pediatric intensive care team includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other support staff who all have special training in caring for seriously ill and injured children of all ages from infants to teenagers. Our care team includes four doctors called intensivists, who have additional training in caring for very sick children, as well as other pediatric specialists from 20 diverse specialty fields. In addition, our team includes child life specialists, social workers, chaplains, and therapists (speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy.)
Who We Serve
Our PICU team is dedicated to providing quality health care to children with a wide range of serious medical and surgical conditions.
Some of the most common illnesses are:
• Respiratory failure (severe breathing problems)
• Sepsis (serious infection)
• Congenital heart disease
• Trauma (such as severe head injury)
Visiting Hours and Guidelines
At The Children's Hospital, we believe that visits by friends and family members are an important part of your child’s healing and recovery. You are an important member of your child’s care team, and we look forward to working with you in caring for your child.
Special Visiting Guidelines
For the comfort of our pediatric patients, parents, grandparents and siblings 12 years or older may visit anytime, although physicians or nurses may restrict visitation during certain procedures. To provide the best care and safety for our patients, these units are located in a secured area. Visitors and family members must call on the phone outside the door for entry into this unit. Once in the unit, up to four visitors ages 18 and older will be given an ID armband, which must be worn at all time. No visitor will be allowed in the unit unless they have on or are accompanied by someone with an armband.
At Sacred Heart, we believe that the presence of family and friends is very beneficial to your child’s healing, and we welcome you and your loved ones to visit as much as possible. You are a valuable member of your child’s care team, and your visits will help in your child’s care.
Visiting hours in the PICU are as follows:
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
During our visitation hour, we welcome two (2) visitors to visit at a time, including parents and/or guardians, due to space constraints. To help keep all of our patients healthy, visitors should be 12 years and older.
During the following hours, if your child is not on a ventilator, one banded visitor may stay in the room. Other visitors may utilize the family waiting room while your child’s care team evaluates his or her healing progress.
6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
At Sacred Heart, we understand that children heal best in a quiet, calming environment. Because of this, our team has created the following daily quiet time to evaluate your child’s progress:
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
During this time, two (2) banded visitors may stay in the room to help ease your child’s anxiety. To create a soothing, peaceful atmosphere, we ask that all other visitors refrain from visiting during this quiet time.
For the safety and privacy of our patients, visiting hours for general visitors end at 10 p.m. One banded visitor is welcome to stay overnight with your child, as long as your child is not on a ventilator. Overnight visitors who wish to stay in the waiting room or hospital lobby should be over the age of 18, unless they are directly supervised by a parent or guardian.
If your child is not on a ventilator, you are welcome to use one of our couches or recliners to rest on during your stay, as are cots are not always available due to space constraints. In addition, due to space constraints, couches are not available in rooms 388, 389, 390 or 391, and recliners for these rooms can be requested on a case-by-case basis.
We’re Here For You
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s care or these visiting policies, please do not hesitate to ask a member of your child’s care team.
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