Standing vigil day and night over pediatric and adolescent patients, we provide a level of safety and pediatric pain management few other major children's teaching hospitals can offer. Our outcomes for treating even the most complex cases and illnesses in children are significantly better than the national average.
While there are a variety of reasons to be admitted to the PICU, there are a few conditions and complications that are more commonly seen in our unit.
Congenital Heart Disease
- Patients admitted to the PICU range from premature, 1,500-gram neonates with congenital heart disease and respiratory failure to adults who have undergone congenital heart surgery.
- Approximately one third of all PICU admissions come from Cleveland Clinic's Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases.
- Respiratory failure is one of the most common reasons for PICU admission. A potential complication of certain types of surgery, it may also arise from acute pneumonia, airway obstruction, or bronchiolitis.
- Multiple types of ventilator support are available: noninvasive, conventional, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, and delivery of inhaled nitric oxide.
- Status epilepticus frequently calls for mechanical ventilation plus pharmacotherapy.
- Pediatric intensivists work in concert with nationally respected Cleveland Clinic epileptologists and pediatric neurosurgeons in managing complex cases of status epilepticus.
Our PICU staff also has vast experience with:
- Complex infections
- Metabolic disorders
- Pediatric brain tumors
- Vascular malformations