Just the mere mention of the Pediatric ICU (PICU) can be frightening to both kids and parents. But having a basic understanding of what people and equipment can be found in the PICU can help to lessen the anxiety.
What is the PICU?
The PICU at Swedish is a section of the hospital that provides the highest level of medical care for your child (0 to 18 years). The PICU is different than just the regular pediatric floor because it allows for more intensive nursing care of your child and advanced continuous monitoring of their blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and more. Patients in the PICU may also require more intensive therapies such as ventilators (a breathing machine) and certain medications that require close monitoring.
Who is hospitalized in the PICU?
Kids who are seriously ill whose medical needs cannot be met on the regular Pediatric unit will be in the PICU. PICU patients may have breathing problems such as asthma or pneumonia, have had a lengthy surgery, have seizures or any other physical condition. Time spent in the PICU depends on....