Critical Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The PICU at Phoenix Children’s Hospital cares for critically ill or injured children. The unit is located on the sixth floor of the Main Tower and includes two wings: Six East and Six West. The PICU has the capacity to care for up to 48 children in private rooms, with sleeping accommodations for at least one parent.
The PICU cares for children who require intensive care for the full spectrum of medical and surgical illness as well as providing the intensive care services for our Centers of Excellence, including:
- Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
- Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders
- Phoenix Children’s Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics
- Phoenix Children’s Pediatric Trauma Center
The PICU is staffed at all times with intensivists, residents, fellows, and nurse practitioners.
The PICU physicians (or intensivists) at Phoenix Children's Hospital are pediatricians with additional training and certification in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
The intensivists work with a variety of sub-specialty services to direct and coordinate the care of the children in the PICU.
Assisting the intensivists, clinicians and staff who care for the children include:
Critical Care Nurse Practitioners (Registered Nurses with advanced practice training in Intensive Care Nursing)
- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellows (Pediatricians learning the discipline of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
- Residents (physicians learning the discipline of Pediatrics)
- A wonderful staff of nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, child life specialists and dieticians.
PICU Teams & Medical Rounds
The PICU practices family centered care and believes that a child’s care is best if family members have the best understanding possible. Patients are divided among three teams:
- The Six East Medical Team (MED)
- The Neurology, Neurosurgery, Surgery, Trauma Team (NSST)
- The Six West Medical Team (WICU)
Morning medical rounds start at approximately 8:00 a.m. Patient family members are encouraged to be available for morning medical rounds and are welcome to listen in and ask questions of the intensivists. If family members cannot be present for morning rounds, they should try to be in the PICU at some point during the day so that their child’s primary team may address any questions.
Evening medical rounds start at approximately 8:30 p.m. These are work rounds, as the night team provides medical coverage to all of the patients in the PICU. Family member participation on evening rounds is limited.
A stay in the PICU is by its very nature a stressful experience. The staff of the PICU may begin as strangers to patients and family members but typically earns their trust readily. Rest assured that the staff members treat all children to the best of their abilities and as they would want their own children to be treated.