The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital provides a variety of services to:
- Critically ill children
- Children with diseases of the lung and airway
- Children requiring sedation for painful or stressful procedures
We strive to provide high-tech, evidence-based care to patients in a compassionate environment. Emphasis is placed on inclusion of the patient and his/her family in the treatment plans while minimizing anxiety, pain and discomfort. Patients benefit from cutting-edge research and the newest pediatric critical care medicine available. Services and programs include:
- Respiratory failure requiring HFNC, NIPPV, or intubation requiring mechanical ventilation (conventional, high frequency, nitric oxide, and APRV)
- Pediatric sepsis and shock
- Postoperative management of complex surgical patients (solid organ transplant, craniofacial reconstruction, ENT, and neurosurgical)
- Accidental poisonings/ingestions
- Severe electrolyte disturbances
- Acute kidney failure (including dialysis)
- Acute liver failure
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Neurological emergencies (i.e. severe seizures, stroke)
- Oncologic and endocrinologic emergencies
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Transport Service
In collaboration with MedSTAR Transport Service, we offer ground and air transport from any medical facility in the mid-Atlantic region. Experienced medical flight nurses perform transports with remote supervision from pediatric intensivists. Pre-transport consultation by a pediatric intensivist is available.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital is a multidisciplinary 14-bed unit that provides care for critically-ill children who are age 22 or younger. The unit is supported by the full spectrum of medical and surgical services available at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. We provide the highest level of care to critically ill medical and surgical patients including high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration, and nitric oxide inhalation. A team of experienced pediatric intensivists supervises the care of all patients. Our services also includes care for patients undergoing pediatric liver and bowel transplant, as well as pediatric epilepsy surgery.
Pediatric Procedural Sedation Service
The Pediatric Procedural Sedation Service at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital provides sedation for any medical procedure or test that is painful or anxiety-producing. The service includes elective procedures and both inpatients and outpatients. It is commonly used for: Parents may stay with their children until they are fully sedated and may return to the procedure room before the child wakes. Same-day appointments are available.
Pediatric Intensivists Consultation
Pediatric intensivists are available for advice or referrals around-the-clock. We strive for a rapid response to calls and brief turnaround time for transports if referral is needed. The pediatric intensivist will contact all referring physicians to provide updates on progress of their patients.
Pediatric Critical Care Services and Programs