Seattle Children's is a 250-bed hospital in beautiful Seattle, Washington, is home to an award-winning, state-of-the-art PICU and the University of Washington, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Children's serves the largest geographical area of any children's hospital in the country as the sole academic pediatric medical center for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI).
A total of 45 state-of-the-art beds are designated for Critical Care at Children's, with three distinct units and teams providing Neonatal, Pediatric, and Cardiac Intensive Care services, with an emphasis on family-centered care. The hospital is in the middle of a major expansion to be completed in 2012 that will increase the ICU capacity by an additional 28 critical care beds.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) consists of a team of doctors and nurses specially trained to provide care for infants with prematurity and/or medical and surgical congenital disorders up to 1 month of age. Care of patients in the NICU is directed by the Neonatology service.
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) consists of doctors and nurses with expertise in the care of infants and children with congenital and acquired heart diseases, both medical and surgical in nature. Newborns with congenital heart disease are cared for in the NICU under the supervision of the CICU team.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is staffed by doctors and nurses dedicated to the care of infants and children with the full spectrum of both medical and surgical childhood diseases. PICU physicians also provide coverage for the Pediatric Trauma Service at Harborview Medical Center.
Each of these services has expertise in the full range of modern-day support modalities including ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and internal and external mechanical heart support. Infants and children undergoing heart, liver, kidney and small bowel transplants, as well as those who have undergone bone marrow transplantations, are all routinely admitted to the ICU's.
Located in downtown Seattle, overlooking the Puget Sound, Harborview is the major trauma referral center for Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. Providing comprehensive trauma management for critically injured and burned children, the PICU physician team supervises multidisciplinary care in collaboration with the trauma, neurosurgical, and burn surgery teams. Harborview is also home to active clinical and basic research programs including the University of Washington Injury Prevention Center.