The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is a 14 bed state-of-the-art area specifically designed and staffed with experts in the field. The physicians and staff provide comprehensive care for complex medical and surgical patients from newborns to adults. The PCICU is one of only a few intensive care units in the country - dedicated exclusively to pediatric heart care. The PCICU is equipped to provide the highest complexity therapies including administration of inhaled nitric oxide, and employment of mechanical cardiac support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and ventricular assist devices. The multidisciplinary team has a specific cardiac focus and includes specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, a pharmacist, clinical assistants, clinical nutritionists, occupational, physical and speech therapist, as well as specifically trained physicians in pediatric cardiology and critical care medicine. The environment promotes a culture of safety. The PCICU boast hospital acquired infection rates well below the national average, with no central line associated blood stream infections or ventilator associated pneumonia in over a year. The unit has its own waiting room dedicated solely for families with a child in the PCICU, complete with computers with Internet access, televisions, a private consultation room and a private lactation room for breastfeeding mothers. This waiting room is staffed by a guest relations specialist who assists families with lodging, transportation and other needs.
The pediatric cardiac step down unit provides highly specialized patient care for children not requiring an ICU. This recently remodeled intermediate care unit features 14 private rooms with in-room sleeping available for family members. Similar to the PCICU the team is made up of specialist from many disciplines all with a specific pediatric cardiac focus and all who promote excellence. Despite the numerous central lines this unit manages due to the need for vasoactive infusions, they boast an amazing 3 years without at central line associated blood stream infection.
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