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Critical Care Medicine - Clinical Services


The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital Colorado is a 32-bed unit providing comprehensive services for children with single- or multi-organ system failure, complex severe chronic illness, and close collaboration with the entire spectrum of surgical services including general surgery, solid organ transplantation, orthopedics, ENT, and neurosurgery.

Care is provided via an integrative approach, utilizing the expertise of pediatric intensivists, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, and other medical subspecialists, as well as pediatric and subspecialty surgeons. These physicians are assisted by a highly trained and dedicated team of nurses. In addition, a constant presence of pharmacists, respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, and social workers allows us to provide the most technologically advanced medical support and service to the sickest children in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Pediatric intensive care fellows, supervised by board certified pediatric intensivists, staff the PICU 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year allowing the delivery of complex therapies including V-A and V-V extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT), high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV), and inhaled nitric oxide (iNO). In addition, services and support are provided to active and expanding programs in lung, bone marrow, renal, and liver transplantation surgery as well as a level 1 trauma surgery program and active burn program.