Critical Care Medicine

PICU department, call 317-338-5230

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Entrance #4
The PICU family lounge is on the 2rd Floor


About The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital continues to distinguish itself by providing family-centered, high quality care for critically ill infants, children and adolescents. We treat patients from throughout Indiana and the Midwest who have a life-threatening medical crisis from a lung or heart condition, severe infection, respiratory diseases, oncology-related condition, trauma or post-operative care after a complex surgery, including kidney transplant surgery.

We emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach headed by board-certified Pediatricians also board certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Daily, the key is communicating for the benefit of patient – to the family, primary care pediatrician, and all pediatric sub-specialists involved in the care of this child.

We apply best-in-care practices using the most advanced bedside technologies and procedures.

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy allows the lungs and/or heart to rest while an artificial lung (at the bedside) provides oxygen and removes carbon dioxide, and if needed a pump takes on the workload of the heart. To learn more about ECMO click here. [links to ECMO parent packet]
  • Nitric Oxide is a treatment for persistent pulmonary hypertension and for children not responding to full ventilator support.
  • Ventilation support includes the cuirass (or shell unit), a negative-pressure device, as well as, high-frequency oscillatory therapy.

As the PICU patient progresses and stabilizes, the team will communicate with parents about next steps which may include transfer to the Hospital’s Pediatric Unit or to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

PICU Visiting Hours

Parents are welcome 24 hours a day.

Other visitors can come 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Parents and families play an important role in a child’s care and recovery. You can help by:

  • Providing a special toy, comfort item and pictures of the family
  • Family’s touch and voice are important if the child can tolerate it
  • Siblings and friends can draw pictures to display at the bedside (and send a small toy)

During this stressful time, it is also important to take care of yourself. Make sure you eat and get enough rest. Keep a journal and take pictures of the progress. When away from the PICU, you can call at any time.  If you want to stay close by, inquire about nearby lodgings by the St. Vincent campus.

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