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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Critical Care (PICU)


Contact Critical Care (PICU)

Critical care is a type of care for children who have illnesses or injuries that require a close and constant watch by a team of specially-trained caregivers. Children who need critical care are treated in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). 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.

Why Children's Health℠?

The critical care physicians at Children's Health℠ are international leaders in pediatric critical care. We are prepared to treat children with any critical care diagnosis or crisis. The critical care team at Children's Health℠ not only includes physicians, but also nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers who work together to ensure that your child has access to any type of care at a moment's notice.

Staff Expertise

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.


If a transplant is needed, your child is in good hands. The Transplant Services Program at Children’s has consistently been among the top 10 busiest and most successful pediatric transplant programs in the nation. We are not only the largest pediatric transplant facility in Texas, but our renowned transplant specialists also perform the most transplants on patients under the age of 5 in the state.

High-Quality Care and Research

In addition to providing high-quality patient care, many of our medical staff members also conduct research into new treatment methods and technologies, which allows us to have access to new therapies years before they are available at other institutions. The Children's Health℠ 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.