Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Patient Care and Treatment

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Patient Care and Treatment

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Penn State Children’s Hospital offers advanced life-saving and support to critically ill children and teens.

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Life-saving and life-support care

Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for children - infants to teens. Our expert team uses the most advanced life-saving and life-support techniques, including:

  • Mechanical ventilation (breathing machine)
  • Hemodynamic monitoring and support (measures blood flow, pressure and oxygen in the heart, veins and arteries)
  • Renal dialysis (machines that work for the kidneys)
  • Pre- and post-surgery support for brain trauma patients
  • Invasive and noninvasive neurointensive monitoring (such as checking oxygen levels in the brain) for brain injury treatment
  • Pre and post-surgery support for infants and children with heart disease, organ transplants and toxicological emergencies (poisoning or medicine overdose)
  • High frequency ventilation (breathing machines that ventilate many times faster than normal machines, and may help lower the risk of lung injury)
  • Nitric oxide therapy (treats life-threatening lung problems)
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (life support that works for a child’s heart and lungs)

Ventilator programs

Contact us

Phone: 800-233-4082

Academic Office: 717-531-5337
Fax: 717-531-0809