Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for infants, kids and teenagers with serious illnesses and injuries or who have had complex surgery — including heart procedures and organ transplants.
Our 17-bed PICU admits about 1,000 children each year. We're one of the Southeast's top referral centers for pediatric trauma, cardiac and critical care. We also work closely with our Emergency Department — one of five level-one trauma centers in Virginia.
Why You Should Choose UVA
We treat patients with a wide range of serious medical problems, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Kidney failure
- Breathing or lung problems
Complex Cases: Seriously Ill Children
Our PICU offers state-of-the-art equipment and the latest therapies to support children with organ failure.
Services available include:
- High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) helps your child breathe by sending small, rapid puffs of air into the lungs. It's safer for small lungs than high-pressure, conventional ventilation methods.
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides life support for children whose heart and lungs aren't functioning normally. A heart-lung machine is used to add oxygen to the blood and circulate it throughout the body.
- Extracorporeal renal replacement therapy takes over kidney function in children with severe injuries to the kidneys or kidney disease.
- Inhaled nitric oxide treats respiratory problems like pulmonary hypertension. A breathing machine provides nitric oxide, causing blood vessels in the lungs to dilate and hold oxygen that circulates throughout the body.
A Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Your child’s critical care team includes:
- Advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants)
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
Care for complex medical conditions and serious injuries requires collaboration among experts from an array of disciplines, including:
- Heart and vascular
Stay With Your Child
When your child is in the PICU, stay close by. We have 17 private rooms with sleeping space for parents who want to stay overnight with their children.
We've restricted visits in the PICU to protect your child, family, and our team members from the spread of COVID-19. Right now:
- Only two designated visitors are allowed
- Only one designated visitor at the bedside at a time, 24/7
- Visitors can only trade places one per day
- When switching, both visitors can be at the bedside for up to two hours
If you have questions about visiting restrictions, talk to your child's care team.