PICU - FAQs

University of Maryland Medical Center pediatric neurosurgeryAfter being admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), your child will be seen and examined by a care team including a resident, fellow, nurse practitioner, attending physician, bedside nurse and respiratory therapist. 

A thorough history and physical examination will be conducted and an individualized plan for care will be developed for your child, with your input. Laboratory evaluation and imaging may be required as well. 

Care will be taken to stabilize your child, and to settle your child and you into the PICU. Each patient has a private room and parents are permitted to stay at bedside with their children 24 hours daily. We consider parent input to be extremely important to our care. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s care and recovery.

Daily Life - What to Expect

Family centered rounds begin daily at 7:30 am. The multidisciplinary care team visits each patient’s bedside to round with the nurse and the family. Current patient status is discussed as well as plans for the day. Any thoughts or questions that you might have are welcomed during rounds and also throughout the day. Following rounds, the daily plan for your child will be enacted by the bedside nurse and the multidisciplinary care team.

Our PICU provides state-of-the-art, advanced health care to your child. Advanced therapies available include dialysis, plasmapheresis, exchange transfusion, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Read more about advances in care at our PICU.