Services & Specialties
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Exceptional Care for Urgent Needs

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

Our skilled team of healthcare professionals are experts 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 a frightening and stressful experience. Many of the terms, procedures and pieces of equipment may be unfamiliar which can add to the stress of your child being critically ill. We will do whatever we 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 their care.

Note for Patients and Families

Once in the PICU, more detailed information regarding your stay will be available on the Get Well Network, which can be found on the main screen of your in-room TV.

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.

Help Protect Your Child

When children are critically ill, they cannot fight off germs like a healthy child. Learn how you can help protect your child during their time in the PICU.


Visiting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Visitors must follow certain guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients. Learn more about our visiting guidelines.