Critical Care Medicine
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine manages the University of Maryland's Children's Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a 19-bed facility that provides expert multi-disciplinary care for young patients with life-threatening medical and surgical conditions. Our physicians have committed to 24/7 in-house attending staffing of the PICU, putting our most talented experts at the bedside of the sickest, most vulnerable patients around the clock.
The unit is also staffed by a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other allied health professionals.
Learn more about the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
Areas of Expertise
- Acute illnesses of any etiology, including but not limited to:
- Post-operative management following:
- Patient care is orchestrated by the attending pediatric intensivist who freely calls upon any and all necessary subspecialists. A wide array of state-of-the-art monitoring (invasive and non-invasive) and diagnostic techniques are matched to the specific needs of the patient
- Renal replacement
- Mechanical ventilation
- Full cardiopulmonary support (extracorporeal life support - ECMO)
- Age and size-specific
- Dependent upon patient requirements
- Special emphasis on pediatric pain control
- Patient- and family-centered care
Services to Physicians
- Consultation on complicated cases
- Second opinions
- Evaluation of patient conditions
- Special treatment procedures
- Short-term and long-term management
- Transport of critically ill/injured patients to UMMC at request of referring physicians through Maryland ExpressCare for Kids
- Training in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). "First responder," pediatric basic life support (BLS) and office preparedness programs are available. Other types of educational programs are arranged on request.