Pediatric Intensive Care : About

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The pediatric intensive care unit is a specialized unit that cares for patients between the ages of birth through 21 years. Some children require this expert care for a short time, while others may remain in the PICU for many weeks. This time is very stressful for families. Many parents feel a need to be with their child as much as possible. We encourage you to visit as often as possible. Siblings that are 10 years of age and older may visit as well. You will be asked to complete a sibling visitation form. All other visitors must be 14 years or older. There is a team of healthcare professionals working together to care for your child. This team includes the intensive care physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified child life specialists, respiratory therapists and other therapists. Each day, the team will round on each child in the PICU and discuss the plan of care for that day. We encourage the primary care givers to participate in daily medical and nursing rounds on their child.

Locating and Entering the PICU

The PICU is located in the hospital tower, on the 4th floor. Please use the elevators marked "D" to access the 4th floor. Before entering the PICU, pick up the phone located on the wall outside the unit. Give your name and your child’s name to let the staff know that you are here to visit. The message will be given to your child’s nurse, who will let you know if it is a good time to visit. If the doors are open, please still use the phone, as we occasionally temporarily close the PICU to visitors due to emergencies or surgeries in the unit.

Visiting Hours

Primary Care giver Visiting: 2 primary care givers who are designated at the time of admission may visit during most hours of the day/night. Primary care givers will be issued ID bands that identify them as persons who have care giver visiting privileges. These ID bands may not be swapped, traded, or loaned to anyone. Primary Care Giver Visiting Hours: The PICU allows primary care givers access to the PICU during most hours of the day/night. The exception is between 6:30 am/pm to 8:00 am/pm. During these times only primary care givers may be in the PICU with the patient room doors shut to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all patients in the PICU. During this time no visitor/primary care giver is allowed to enter or leave the PICU. Exceptions to this policy will only be made by the Nurse in Charge. Family and Friends Visiting Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. daily, (except during shift change 6:30-8:00 pm). Visitors are expected to self-monitor visiting times and may be reminded by the PICU staff when visiting time has ended.

Visiting Policy

The visiting policy is in place to ensure your child’s privacy as well as safety. The following guidelines will help you plan for your visit. Your child's nurse will provide you with a copy of detailed visiting guidelines during your first visit.

  • Three visitors are permitted at the patient’s bedside at one time.
  • Visitors may not be allowed to enter if they are ill.
  • Every visitor must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter and leave the patient’s room.
  • There is no eating in the PICU.
  • Cell phones must be turned off in the PICU.
  • Potted plants and latex balloons are not allowed in the PICU.

PICU Amenities

The following amenities are available in the PICU for your convenience.

  • Breast pumps are available.
  • Free Wi-fi
  • In room phones will dial locally by first pressing 9 then your local phone number.
  • The PICU rooms may be called directly at 504-842-82__ __ (enter room number into the blank spaces) 
  • Televisions and radios are in each room but should be kept to a reasonable volume, so as not to disturb other patients.
  • DVD/VCR players in each room.
  • There are showers available near the waiting room.

Overnight Accommodations

The following are some options for overnight stays.