Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

RWJBarnabas Health is home to three Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs), including New Jersey’s largest PICU at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Our PICUs provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each unit is staffed by full-time pediatric intensivists and pediatric critical care nurses, each certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Pediatric specialists, in various medical and surgical specialties, are available for immediate consultation. The PICU staff is especially sensitive to the needs of both children and parents. For example, to help ease the stress that illness and medical emergencies cause for families, the units provide accommodations for one parent to remain with their child overnight.

We offer general pediatric critical care services with all modes of ventilation, including high frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide. Other services provided include long-term IV access, such as PIC-lines or Broviacs, as well as procedural sedation. We sedate children for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, such as MRIs and other radiological tests, bone marrow biopsies, endoscopies, chest tube placement, and other procedures.

Our Pediatric Transport Teams routinely transport critically ill children from surrounding hospitals to our PICUs for treatment and care.

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