Centers of Excellence

Pediatric Monitoring and Care Units

The specialized pediatric monitoring and care units such as the Sybil B. Harrington Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU),the Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (PEMU) and the Pediatric Sleep Lab provide the latest diagnostic technology and state-of-the-art care to patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (PEMU) and the Pediatric Sleep Lab are specialized units that combine video surveillance and monitoring devices to enhance individualized diagnostic testing. Each unit relies on state-of-the-art technology and video monitoring to provide a more holistic analysis of the patients medical condition.

Sybil B. Harrington Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Sybil B. Harrington Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Phoenix Children’s is one of the largest pediatric critical care units in the Country and is staffed by 12 pediatric intensives and nearly 200 nursing and ancillary staff. The PICU utilizes a team approach to critical care that includes the patient’s family and optimizes physical and emotional outcomes.

The Neurocritical Care Team is made up of specialist with expertise in the care of neurologically critically-ill or injured children. The team uses advanced neuromonitoring technology to assess children with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and seizures.

Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (PEMU)

The Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (PEMU) is designed to evaluate infants, children and adolescents with seizures or other spells that might be seizures. 

The PEMU at Phoenix Children’s is part of the comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Barrow at Phoenix Children’s that was recently recognized as a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

An estimated 6,100 children in Arizona have epilepsy and 1,800 of those are diagnosed intractable, or hard to treat. The PEMU offers our specialists the advanced diagnostic tools needed to treat and heal children with complex epilepsy.

The PEMU offers eight private patient rooms that are equipped with video and EEG monitoring systems that can capture the seizure event in real time.  Our team of specially trained physicians and technologists can then correlate the behavior of the child with the simultaneous EEG recording during the episode, an extremely powerful technique for identifying spells as epilepsy or some other medical condition. 

For patients with epilepsy, video-EEG monitoring allows us to identify the exact seizure type, which can lead to an improved treatment plan by helping select the best medications. For those children who are candidates for epilepsy surgery, PEMU monitoring is essential to localize the region of the brain where seizures originate.

Pediatric Sleep Lab

The Pediatric Sleep Lab is part of the comprehensive Sleep Medicine Program at Phoenix Children’s, one of only a few such programs in the country. The sleep lab is designed to observe and monitor children experiencing a variety of sleep difficulties including sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, and delayed sleep phase.

Dr. Matthew Troester, Sleep MedicineA polysmnogram (PSG) or sleep study is a multi-parametric test that uses state-of-the-art technology to record the biophysiological changes that occur during sleep. The overnight study records the patients sleep patterns, brain waves, breathing and body movements.

Additional tests including the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and the maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) may be performed as well. The sleep study provides pertinent data necessary for making an accurate diagnosis of any potential sleep disorder.

The lab has three private patient rooms and offers appointments seven days a week. The lab is staffed with physicians, nurses and technologies that are specially trained in sleep medicine and are committed to providing the best physical and emotional support to these children and their families.

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