Children's hospital ICU in Las Vegas

We understand no one wants their young one to need intensive care treatment. But, our team here at Sunrise Children's Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) will provide the highest level of care to young patients—infants, children, and teens—during their most trying times.

Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the largest in Nevada, is a member of the Sunrise Health System. We provide multidisciplinary care; each discipline works with the others to create high-quality care.

For more information about our PICU, call (702)-961-6450.

Many conditions, including traumatic injuries, respiratory distress, complex surgical procedures or severe infections, bring children to our PICU. A pediatric intensive care physician with extensive pediatric training, coordinates and oversees your child's admission.

Together with critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and many other healthcare professionals, our specialists care for your child around the clock. Utilizing advanced technology and the latest procedures, our healthcare team improves outcomes, speeds recovery and minimizes pain and suffering from illness and injury in a compassionate and family-centered environment.

PICU family accommodations

We encourage parents to sleep at their child’s bedside and participate in their child's care. We offer a caring settings and amenities that include kitchen facilities, showers, lockers and nearby laundry facilities.

Advanced care programs

Pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children's provide several specialized critical care programs. Treatment or procedures delivered by these programs may mean a visit to our PICU. Our advanced care programs include cardiology, a NICU, physical therapy and surgery.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Sunrise Children's provides ECMO for infants and children. 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. ECMO is helpful for newborns and children suffering respiratory or cardiac failure or both due to congenital disabilities, trauma or severe infections.

Heart program

As Nevada’s only pediatric heart program, we have the unique ability to care for patients with congenital cardiac defects. From birth and even into adulthood, our team has special training to provide the highly specialized care needed to help these patients recover from their heart procedures and surgeries, which sometimes requires that their chests be left open. We care for our heart patients from the moment they have surgery until the time we discharge them.

Neonatal intensive unit services

Our smallest and most vulnerable patients are cared for in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Specially trained doctors (neonatologists) treat premature (preemies) delivered at 38 weeks gestation or younger, babies who develop congenital disabilities and infants who need advanced support. We provide services like cardiac, surgical and respiratory treatments specially designed for infants.

Rehabilitation therapy

Our in-house rehab services include physical, occupational and speech therapies specially designed for patients 18 years old and younger. Therapists work with PICU doctors to help children regain their mobility or skills like speaking. A crucial part of our services is parental involvement. Parental involvement helps patients reach positive outcomes and enable kids to return to their daily activities as quickly as possible.

Surgical treatment

Our surgical experts treat a variety of conditions. Recovery from surgical procedures may mean a stay in our PICU. We offer high-quality care, specialized pediatric equipment and an expertly trained team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses and CNAs in your child's surgical care. With our family-centered focus, we keep parents informed of their child's progress through surgery in our waiting room or through surgery text updates.

Pediatric cardiac ICU

Sunrise Children's Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit stands out from other facilities, as it is home to the only pediatric cardiac ICU (CICU) in the entire state of Nevada.

Our 14-bed pediatric CICU is a pre-and post-surgery unit, complete with a dedicated cardiac operating room and catheterization lab all within close proximity. Postoperative recovery suites feature spacious, private rooms with bathrooms, making it easy for loved ones to sleep at a patient's bedside.

In the CICU, 24/7 in-house pediatric cardiac intensivists offer a range of services including a single ventricle program, a blood conversation program unlike any other in the city and a sought-after mechanical circulatory support program. These specialties service a broad spectrum of heart diseases, including congenital and acquired heart disease requiring complex neonate cardiac repairs with mechanical support (E-CPR and ECMO).

Additionally, we house a dedicated pediatric and neonatal critical care transport team to travel by helicopter, fixed wing or ground for any situation requiring immediate, emergency care.

Child life services

A hospital stay is a challenging experience for many children and their families. Our child life service supports parents during their child's illness or injury and treatment. Our experts have extensive training in child development or a related field. Our specialists focus on the psychosocial needs of your child by collaborating and developing supportive relationships with you and other healthcare professionals to increase familiarity with our hospital environment.

Our child specialists help prepare children for medical treatments and procedures using teaching tools, special dolls, photographs and medical equipment. Child experts help determine each child's level of understanding and correct any misconceptions about the hospital experience.

Child life specialists also help children develop coping strategies like imagery, distraction and relaxation to reduce anxiety. When children have an accurate understanding of what is going to happen to them, they are less anxious, more willing to cooperate and have less difficulty at home before and after the procedure.

If you need help finding a specialist for your child's health needs, call our free pediatric Consult-A-Nurse service at (702) 961-5021.