UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pediatric ICU

Baby in a medical device bed

The 36-bed Pediatric ICU (PICU) is a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary unit that cares for critically-ill children from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as well as children referred from across and outside the US. More than 3,000 children are admitted to the PICU each year. The PICU team also serves as the medical command for the hospital’s transport team, overseeing the rapid transport of approximately 1,500 patients annually.

The PICU specializes in patients with:

  • Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and respiratory failure requiring non-conventional ventilation
  • Life-threatening cardiopulmonary failure requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Trauma
  • Severe sepsis and development of multi-organ system failure
  • The need for continuous renal replacement therapy
  • Care needs following complex thoracic, abdominal, ENT, plastic, orthopedic and neuro-surgery procedures
  • Care needs in the pre- and post-transplantation setting, including liver and small bowel transplantation

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 5th floor