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.