Critical Care Services: Why Children's

  • The ICU medical staff and consulting services are prepared for any medical and surgical diagnosis and/or crisis, and provide a full range of services and interventions for newborns through teen-agers.
  • The Children's ICU accepts all children, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Pediatric ICU attending physicians on the medical staff are full-time faculty members at UT Southwestern and are international leaders in pediatric critical care.
  • The Children's Pediatric ICU conducts leading-edge medical research and brings new therapies to patients years before they are available at other institutions. The medical staff in the Pediatric ICU helped define national and Pediatric ICU standards of care by writing one of the major textbooks in the field of pediatric critical care.
  • Critical Care Services offers a neonatal and pediatric award winning ECMO program and in house pediatric critical care attendings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The Children's Pediatric ICU has pioneered a nurse practitioner program. In collaboration with the intensivists, these critical-care-trained pediatric nurse practitioners provide comprehensive care to critically ill and injured children, including diagnosis and treatment of complex, life-threatening conditions, and performance of emergent and invasive procedures.
  • Staff specially trained in pediatrics work together to provide care for patients. Critical Care Services consists of more than – 500 employees, including a Clinical Nurse Specialist, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, team leaders, educators, clinical managers, ECMO specialists, information system specialists, quality analysts, research coordinators,  and around-the-clock pharmacists in the unit pharmacy.
  • The Children's ICU believes in family-centered care. Immediate family is welcome 24 hours a day and limited sleeping accommodations are provided. Child life, social work, pastoral care, translational and nutrition services are all actively involved in supporting patients and families.

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Lori Allen, R.N., CCRN - Community Liaison