Critical care medicine
The mission of the Division of Critical Care within the Department of Pediatrics is to provide the necessary training to ensure that every child is cared for with compassion, medical expertise and understanding. Each patient’s care is managed by experienced board-certified pediatric critical care attending physicians. Our highly trained and skilled multidisciplinary team consists of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, child-life specialists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains and other health care professionals. As a teaching facility, we have bright physicians-in-training who assist our attendings to care for children and families.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Opened in 1978, our PICU was a pioneer in the state of Virginia. We were the first to offer a new specialty, Pediatric Critical Care. Over the years, we have advanced the level of care by implementing emerging technologies and knowledge gained from critical care research.
The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU PICU is a 14-bed, private room, state-of-the-art unit. It is the only Level 1 PICU in the region as defined by the “Guidelines and Levels of Care for Pediatric Intensive Care Units” published in the Critical Care Medicine Journal. The unit is designed specifically to accommodate the unique needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families. As part of the only Level 1 trauma center in the region, the PICU has the most advanced lifesaving technologies and treatments to care for critically ill and injured patients, and the hospital receives numerous transfers and transports from throughout Virginia. Our PICU is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by an in-house pediatric physician. The broad range of medical, surgical, ancillary and support services offered are all readily available to our patients. Care for patients after solid organ transplant, open-heart surgeries is provided by a team of providers. Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) renal replacement therapies are available for the critically ill. Pediatric burn care is provided in conjunction with Burn Center. Post-operative care for neurosurgical and pediatric surgical patients are also provided in this ICU.
Conditions treated in the PICU
We provide care for children with serious or life-threatening conditions of all of the major organ systems of the body. We also provide postoperative care for a broad range of surgical subspecialties. Read more.