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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MUSC Children's Hospital

The interdisciplinary pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at MUSC is an 11-bed medical-surgical unit staffed by seven board certified pediatric intensivists, as well as by highly skilled and specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, child life specialists, discharge planners and dieticians. The Children’s Hospital PICU is the regional leader in state of the art care of critically ill infants, children and adolescents in South Carolina. Opening in 1987, our PICU continues to deliver high quality, compassionate, and expert care to the children of South Carolina.  Our critical care physicians also care for children who need specialized care and continuous monitoring in our 10-bed pediatric intermediate care unit.

A child’s life-threatening illness or injury can be one of the most stressful challenges that families face. Our critical care physicians and staff focus on a family centered approach toward sick and injured children and commit to include parents in the development of daily care plans for each patient.

The MUSC PICU has an expanding telemedicine program with our referral institutions. Emergency department and inpatient physicians from several Lowcountry hospitals can call in to request a telemedicine consultation by MUSC pediatric intensivists. These video links provide a valuable opportunity to see the patient, meet the family and offer timely medical advice to the referral team.

Our PICU patients have access to a full array of MUSC pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists to ensure comprehensive care of acutely ill and injured children. MUSC was the first South Carolina children’s hospital to receive the Level I Trauma Center designation by the American College of Surgeons and we are the pediatric organ transplant center for SC. In addition, our pediatric surgical colleagues and burn nurses provide outstanding care for the state’s only Pediatric Burn program.

MUSC’s MEDUCARE Pediatric Flight Team is available 24 hours a day to transport pediatric patients to the PICU by helicopter, airplane, or ambulance from all over the state.

Our Team

Location & Contact Information

Downtown Charleston
MUSC Children's Hospital
169 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
843-792-2244 (PICU)
843-792-2618 (Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)