Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

  • Help Us Protect Your Child

    When children are critically ill, their bodies are not good at fighting off germs. Because they are much more likely to get an infection, we need to protect them, just as we protect newborns.

    Your nurses, doctors and therapists at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) need your help in limiting the number of visitors and keeping your child’s surroundings as clean as possible. For your child’s safety, follow these four guidelines:

    1. Observe visiting hours

    • Parents and guardians may be with their child 24 hours a day.
    • Others may visit 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

    2. Limit visits from young children

    • Special arrangements can be made for short visits by brothers and sisters age 4-14
    • Children under age 14 may not visit critically ill children.

    3. Limit visitors to two or three at a time

    4. Protect against germs

    • Ask ill family members and friends to stay home.
    • Make sure everyone washes their hands before and after visiting.
    • Do not bring food and drink into your child’s room. Meals for parents can be delivered to the parent living area.
    • Do not bring live plants or flowers into the room.
    • Whenever possible, meet with visitors in the waiting room.
    • This is a tobacco-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital property.

 
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  • Visiting

    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

    Learn more about the guidelines for visiting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children's.

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