Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The PICU is staffed 24-hours a day with critical care nurses and resident physicians and provides family focused care with state-of-the-art equipment and therapies for the management of sick and injured children from throughout the state. Six board certified pediatric critical care Attending physicians practice in the PICU. A ten bed Intermediate Care Unit for children requiring closer observation than on the pediatric wards opened in February 2011.
MUSC Children’s Hospital has a separate 12 bed Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. MUSC’s MEDUCARE Pediatric Flight Team is available 24 hours a day to transport pediatric patients to the PICU by helicopter, airplane, or ambulance. The PICU is also home to the Pediatric Sedation Team, which is an in-house, mobile unit serving both inpatients and outpatients of South Carolina’s Medical University Children’s Hospital. They provide sedation and expert care to children when complete cooperation is required to successfully accomplish a test or procedure.
The pediatric intensivists and the PICU staff are recognized throughout the hospital and referral areas as specialists dedicated to caring for critically ill children and their families. They work hand in hand with pediatric hospitalists, subspecialists, surgeons and other the pediatric sedation team to optimize the health of children in the PICU. The PICU professionals recognize the importance of family members taking an active role in the care of a critically ill child. Parents may visit their child 24 hours a day in our PICU and use accommodations at the nearby Ronald McDonald House.