• Exceptional Care for Urgent Needs

    When your child needs special care for a critical health condition, you can be assured that he or she can be in no better hands than those of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Our physicians, nurses and other care professionals are expertly trained and skilled in caring for children under serious or life-threatening circumstances. They are trained to deal with critical health situations and have the skills to quickly assess and treat your child to achieve the best possible outcome.

    A stay in the PICU can be frightening and stressful for you and your child alike. Many of the terms, procedures and pieces of equipment used in the PICU may be unfamiliar, and this can add to the stress of your child’s being critically ill or injured. Our PICU staff will do whatever they can to help reduce this stress and uncertainty. Our family-centered care philosophy ensures that you are kept up-to-date about your child’s condition, and receive the information you need to make informed choices about his or her care.

    The following sections will help you better understand what takes place in the PICU, and will give you tips and suggestions for making your child’s stay there as comfortable for your entire family as possible. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for your child, and our staff will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

  • Terms You May Hear

    Care team members in the PICU use many different terms. Learning what they mean can help you better understand your child’s care.

    > Terms You May Hear
  • Help Us Protect Your Child

    When your child is critically ill, she cannot fight off germs like a healthy child. Learn more about how you can help us protect your child during her time in the PICU.

    > Help Us Protect Your Child