The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the largest in Nevada, is a multidisciplinary unit that provides care for infants, children and adolescents who are injured or become critically ill. Conditions that might bring your child to the PICU include trauma, cardiac defects, congenital anomalies, respiratory distress, immunological disorders, oncological emergencies, severe infections, drug overdose, dialysis therapy and for the recovery and monitoring following extensive and comprehensive surgeries.
Pediatric Heart Program
Being the only facility in Nevada with a pediatric heart program, a feature specific to the PICU at Sunrise Children's Hospital is our ability to care for patients of all ages who have congenital cardiac defects. From birth and even into adulthood, our team is trained to provide the highly specialized care needed to help these patients recover from their heart procedures and surgeries, which sometimes requires their chests being left open. We treat our heart patients from the moment they have surgery until the time they are discharged home. To learn more about our pediatric heart program and the treatment options available at Sunrise Children's Hospital, please visit our Heart Care page.
Admissions to the PICU are coordinated and overseen by a Pediatric Intensive Care Physician who is available in the PICU 24 hours a day. The PICU is also staffed by critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and many other healthcare professionals who are available 24/7 and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to provide timely and appropriate treatment to your child, which allows them to have the best possible outcome. Utilizing advanced technology, our healthcare team improves survival, speeds recovery and minimizes pain and suffering from illness and injury in a compassionate and family-centered approach. The technology used in the PICU is at the forefront of pediatric critical care in the United States.
The PICU is the only unit in the state that provides extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO is a life-saving technique that mimics the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing an infant or child to rest while natural healing of the affected organs takes place. It is used for newborns and children suffering respiratory and/or cardiac failure as a result of birth defects, trauma or severe infection.
PICU Family Lounge
Parents are encouraged to participate in the care of their child, as desired, while in the PICU and a parent is allowed to sleep at the child's bedside. The PICU has a family lounge that includes kitchen facilities, showers, lockers and nearby laundry facilities.
We understand no one wants their loved one to need intensive care treatment, but our team here at Sunrise Children's Hospital's PICU is prepared to provide the highest level of care to patients of all ages and diagnoses during their most trying times.