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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

The Section of Pediatric Critical Care provides coverage of the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI) within the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. The PICU is a busy medical/surgical unit with the capacity to cover a broad range of critical illnesses and/or complex diseases in infants, children, and adolescents.

We are recognized as one of only a few PICUs approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a certified Pediatric Critical Care Center (PCCC) in the state of Illinois. Our PICU is staffed by highly skilled nursing and ancillary specialists who, along with board certified/eligible physicians, are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate care.

Partnership with Cook County Health Heading link

Critical Care is among the services shared in the CCH (Cook County Health) / UI Health Partnership for Pediatric Care that was announced in 2021. Participating faculty at both institutions are cross-credentialed and onboarded to provide their expertise in the care of critically ill pediatric patients at John H. Stroger Children’s Hospital of Cook County and the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois.

What We Treat Heading link

  • Respiratory distress and failure
  • Neurologic emergencies including status epilepticus
  • Endocrinologic emergencies including diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Kidney transplant and dialysis
  • Serious infection such as sepsis
  • Inborn errors of metabolism with metabolic crises
  • Post-operative care of surgical specialty patients including general surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Oral maxillofacial surgery