Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper cares for children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
This includes treatment for illnesses such as multi-system trauma, respiratory distress/failure, infections and shock.
On-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week are two physician specialists (board certified in pediatric intensive care or board certified pediatric cardiologist) and a nurse practitioner trained in pediatric intensive care. Specialty physicians, such as neurologists, pulmonologists, oncologists and cardiologists, are available for consultation or referrals
- Respiratory management with conventional and oscillatory ventilation
- Continuous renal replacement therapy and dialysis services
- Specialty gases for respiratory support such as heliox (a blend of oxygen and helium), nitrogen (for subatmospheric oxygen therapy) and nitric oxide
PICU transport can be provided by Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport, one of only a handful of neonatal and pediatric transport teams in the world to receive certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services. Services include ambulance, helicopter and fixed-wing airplane (aviation services are provided by Air Methods). The team is also one of the first to utilize nitric oxide and nitrogen on transports.