As a pediatric intensivist, I care for infants, children and young adults who are critically ill or injured and need intensive care in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Patients may also need attention in the PICU following surgery, for administration and management of high-risk therapies, and/or increased monitoring and nursing care.
A PICU stay can be overwhelming and frightening, especially when it’s traumatic and unexpected. I believe having information can help. Our team invites parents and family members to join rounds and ask questions, and all questions are welcome.
I’ve learned to trust my own feelings and the feelings of others — especially a parent — when something doesn't seem quite right. When talking with patients and families, my approach is to always tell the truth, even if it's, "I don't know," and especially when it's hard.
In my research and as an institutional and divisional quality improvement leader, I apply quality improvement methodologies and implementation science to improve care for hospitalized patients. Rigorous quality improvement can transform pediatric health and healthcare delivery, decrease waste, and improve efficiencies. My main projects focus on preventing hospital-acquired central line-associated bloodstream infections and improving the quick recognition and management of septic shock.