BP1_3911-X2If your child has an illness or injury that results in your child being in an unstable critical condition, a hospital-based pediatric critical care specialist can be called on to provide the special care that your child needs. Some conditions that may cause your child to be unstable and critical include the following:

Children who are critically ill require careful monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Pediatric critical care specialists coordinate the care of these children which is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care specialists. They use the special medicines or treatments that can only be offered in the PICU. Cabell Huntington hospital PICU is one of only three PICU in West Virginia and is designed for patients from infancy to age 21 who need critical care services. It offers the first specialized pediatric transport services in West Virginia, and the team transports an average of 450 critically ill or injured infants and children each year.

Pediatric critical care specialists generally provide the following care to children who are critically ill:

For more information about our PICU, please visit: http://cabellhuntington.org/services/picu/