At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, your child will be in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). You can be with your child in the PICU most of the day. However, during PICU rounds, the doctors and nurses may ask that you step out of the room.
Parents may not stay overnight in their child's room We offer parent sleep rooms which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make arrangements for outside lodging in case you are unable to secure a PICU parent sleep room.
While in intensive care, your child will be watched very closely and the staff will use special equipment to care for your child. The equipment may include IVs, a nose tube, a urine catheter, a breathing tube in the mouth or nose, and drain tubes in the abdomen (belly) to drain blood and fluids. A bandage will cover the transplant incision. Your child's face and body may look puffy from the extra fluids needed in the operating room. The puffiness disappears, usually within five to seven days.